Martin Pugh, 21 July 1983
Show More Governing without a Majority by David Butler.
Collins, 156 pp., £4.95, May 1983, 9780002170710Show More
Multi-Party Politics and the Constitution by Vernon Bogdanor.
Cambridge, 207 pp., £18.50, May 1983, 0 521 25524 4Show More
Decade of Dealignment by Bo Särlvik, Ivor Crewe, Neil Day and Robert MacDermid.
Cambridge, 393 pp., £27.50, June 1983, 0 521 22674 0Show More
“... But for Britain’s antediluvian electoral system the House of Commons would now comprise around 160 Alliance, 180 Labour and 280 Conservative MPs – and the new books by David Butler and Vernon Bogdanor would have vanished beneath a stampede of eager buyers. As things are, though the distorted election results have robbed them of some of their topicality, they will be very widely and minutely studied by politicians, students of politics and Her Majesty the Queen – or at least by her advisers ...”