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The Conservative Nation Redivivus?

Norton, Philip



This article addresses the relationship between Andrew Gamble's study of the Conservative nation and his more recent advocacy of a social democratic constitution. It argues that the former—the nature of the Conservative Party, mobilising support successfully—may serve to prevent the realisation of the latter, the Conservative view of the constitution prevailing over pressures for a new constitutional settlement for the United Kingdom. Whereas the analysis of the Conservative nation is grounded in, and can only be understood by reference to, an appreciation of political realities, the approach to constitutional change embraced by Gamble is largely apolitical, concerned primarily with ends to the neglect of means.


Norton, P. (2021). The Conservative Nation Redivivus?. The Political quarterly, 92(3), 420-427.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 6, 2021
Online Publication Date May 19, 2021
Publication Date 2021-07
Deposit Date May 19, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Political Quarterly
Print ISSN 0032-3179
Electronic ISSN 1467-923X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 92
Issue 3
Pages 420-427
Keywords Conservative nation; Conservative Party; Constitution; Social democracy
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