A new trilogy of books on British political leaders out in September

British Labour Leaders, Charles Clarke and Toby James (eds)

British Labour Leaders, Charles Clarke and Toby James (eds)

This summer will be busy for politics in the UK as both the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats are elected new leaders of their parties.

It is therefore perfect timing for a trilogy of books on British political leaders.  I’ve co-edited two of these on British Labour Leaders (with Charles Clarke) and British Conservative Leaders (with Charles Clarke, Tim Bale and Patrick Diamond).  A third, on British Liberal Leaders has been edited by colleagues at the Liberal History Group.

All books begin by considering how we can assess political leaders and the challenges that we face in doing so.  Jim Buller and I then set out a statecraft framework (or an adapted version of anyway) as one way forward.  Charles Clarke then gives a statistical overview of each leader’s fortunes at general elections.  In Part II of each book there are chapters assessing each leader, written by leading biographers of their subject.  In Part III we have exclusive interviews with some of the leaders themselves (Tony Blair, Neil Kinnock, William Hague, Michael Howard, David Steel, Paddy Ashdown and Nick Clegg) on how they think we should assess leaders and their reflections on their own time in office.

The books are now available for pre-order.

The contents/contributors to the books that I’ve co-edited are:

British Labour Leaders

Part I: FRAMEWORKS FOR ASSESSING LEADERS

1          Introduction: the British Labour Party in search of complete leadership – Toby S. James

2          Statecraft: a framework for assessing Labour Party leaders – Toby S. James and Jim Buller

3          Measuring the success or failure of Labour leaders: the general election test – Charles Clarke

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Part II: ASSESSMENTS OF LABOUR LEADERS

4          Keir Hardie – Kenneth O. Morgan

5          George Nicoll Barnes and William Adamson – William W. J. Knox

6          John Robert Clynes – Phil Woolas

7          Ramsay MacDonald – David Howell

8          Arthur Henderson – Chris Wrigley

9          George Lansbury – John Shepherd

10        Clement Attlee – Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds

11        Hugh Gaitskell – Brian Brivati

12        Harold Wilson – Thomas Hennessey

13        James Callaghan – Peter Kellner

14        Michael Foot – Kenneth O. Morgan

15        Neil Kinnock – Martin Westlake

16        John Smith – Mark Stuart

17        Tony Blair – John Rentoul

18        Gordon Brown – Steve Richards

19        Ed Miliband – Tim Bale

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Part III: LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES

20        Neil Kinnock on leadership, the Labour Party and statecraft theory – Neil Kinnock, Toby S. James and Charles Clarke

21        Tony Blair on leadership, New Labour and statecraft theory – Tony Blair, Toby S. James and Charles Clarke

British Conservative Leaders, Charles Clarke, Toby S. James, Tim Bale and Patrick Diamond (eds)

British Conservative Leaders, Charles Clarke, Toby S. James, Tim Bale and Patrick Diamond (eds)

British Conservative Leaders

Part I: FRAMEWORKS FOR ASSESSING LEADERS

1          Introduction – Tim Bale, Patrick Diamond and Alan Wager

2          Statecraft: a framework for assessing Conservative Party leaders – Toby S. James and Jim Buller

3          Measuring the success or failure of Conservative leaders: the general election test – Charles Clarke

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Part II: ASSESSMENTS OF CONSERVATIVE LEADERS

4          Sir Robert Peel – Richard A. Gaunt

5          Lord Derby – Angus Hawkins

6          Benjamin Disraeli – Robert Saunders

7          Lord Salisbury – T. G. Otte

8          Arthur Balfour – Nigel Keohane

9          Andrew Bonar Law – Andrew Taylor

10        Austen Chamberlain – David Dutton

11        Stanley Baldwin – Anne Perkins

12        Neville Chamberlain – Stuart Ball

13        Winston Churchill – John Charmley

14        Anthony Eden – David Dutton

15        Harold Macmillan – D. R. Thorpe

16        Alec Douglas-Home – Andrew Holt

17        Edward Heath – Mark Garnett

18        Margaret Thatcher – John Campbell

19        John Major – Anthony Seldon and Mark Davies

20        William Hague – Jo-Anne Nadler

21        Iain Duncan Smith – Timothy Heppell

22        Michael Howard – Tim Bale

23        David Cameron – Matthew d’Ancona

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Part III: LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES

24        William Hague on leadership, the Conservative Party and statecraft theory – William Hague, Toby S. James and Charles Clarke

25        Michael Howard on leadership, the Conservative Party and statecraft theory – Michael Howard, Toby S. James and Charles Clarke