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Reassessing Britain’s ‘post-war consensus’: the politics of reason 1945–1979 (2017)
Journal Article
Blackburn, D. (2017). Reassessing Britain’s ‘post-war consensus’: the politics of reason 1945–1979. British Politics, doi:10.1057/s41293-017-0049-5. ISSN 1746-918X

Since the late-1970s, scholars have been engaged in a vibrant debate about the nature of post-war British politics. While some writers have suggested that the three decades that succeeded the Second World War witnessed a bi-partisan consensus on key... Read More

Still the stranger at the feast?: ideology and the study of twentieth century British politics (2017)
Journal Article
Blackburn, D. (2017). Still the stranger at the feast?: ideology and the study of twentieth century British politics. Journal of Political Ideologies, 22(2), doi:10.1080/13569317.2017.1298549. ISSN 1356-9317

This article explores the way in which scholars of twentieth-century British politics have engaged with the concept of ideology. It begins by revisiting Michael Freeden’s seminal intervention on the subject before going on to assess the way in which... Read More

‘For we shall prejudice nothing’: Middle Way Conservatism and the defence of inequality, 1945–1979 (2015)
Journal Article
Blackburn, D. (2015). ‘For we shall prejudice nothing’: Middle Way Conservatism and the defence of inequality, 1945–1979. Political Studies, 64(1S), doi:10.1111/1467-9248.12210. ISSN 0032-3217

Recent descriptions of British Conservatism have often identified the defence of inequality as one of its core ideological features. By drawing upon Michael Freeden's morphological conception of ideologies, this article will challenge such descriptio... Read More