Boris Johnson and beyond: the revival of One Nation Conservatism?

Hickson, K and Williams, B 2023, 'Boris Johnson and beyond: the revival of One Nation Conservatism?' , French Journal of British Studies, 28 (1) , pp. 255-267.

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The election of Boris Johnson with a substantial parliamentary majority in December 2019 featured the Conservative Party gaining a large number of previously safe Labour seats located in poorer, post-industrial areas (the so-called “Red Wall”). This specific electoral context, together with the stated aim of “levelling up” and the increased role for the central state necessitated by the Covid pandemic, created the opportunity for an ideological shift within the Conservative Party from Thatcherism to a revived form of One Nation Conservatism. However, the subsequent leadership contest of 2022 and Liz Truss’s disastrous attempt to revive economic liberalism has revealed the extent to which this was not achieved. The extent to which Johnson can be defined as a One Nation Conservative or be said to have left behind a One Nation legacy are evaluated in this article.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: French Journal of British Studies
Publisher: CRECIB - Centre de recherche et d'études en civilisation britannique
ISSN: 2429-4373
Depositing User: B Williams
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2023 12:13
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2023 10:04

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