The Party's Over: Blueprint for a Very English Revolution - Keith SutherlandImprint Academic, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small ding to the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.
From the cover: “The UK political party started off as a loose association of like-minded MPs. However, in recent years the tail has been wagging the dog — politicians now have no alternative but to choose and then fall in line behind a strong leader with the charisma to win elections.
This book examines the historical forces that gave rise to the modern political party and questions its role in the post-ideological age. If we all now share the liberal market consensus, then what is the function of the party?
Parties in America are a lot weaker, so the book investigates the US system of checks and balances, but concludes that we would be better off reinterpreting our own constitution more literally. When the Chancellor really was a minister of the crown, every line of the budget was meticulously scrutinized.
The key to the changes advocated in the book is the replacement of the Victorian ballot-box with a modern system of representation, based on the jury-selection principle.”