Journal of Liberal Democrat History 18 – Special issue: The Legacy of the Alliance and Merger
Introduction to this special issue of the Journal.
What was the ideological inheritance of the Social Democratic Party? And what did it bequeath to the Liberal Democrats?
The history of the SDP-Liberal relationship, from beginnings to alliance to merger.
Vignettes of the days of elation and experiment, frustration and failure.
How did Liberals and Social Democrats cope with the mechanics of alliance?
How successful was the Alliance? Was merger the right road to follow? The case against.
A look back at the merger process from the perspective of the SDP negotiating team. Could it have been handled differently?
Examination of how much the failure of the Alliance was due to the failures of its leaders.
Was it all worth it? A look back at the Alliance years.
The lost opportunities of the Alliance years. David Owen and his impact on the Alliance.
Alliance into merger: how has it worked? The myths and the realities.
Review of Rachael Pitchford and Tony Greaves, Merger: The Inside Story (Liberal Renewal, 1989).
Review of Patricia Lee Sykes, Losing from the Inside: The Cost of Conflict in the British Social Democratic Party (Transaction Publishers, 1990).
Chronology of key Alliance dates; bibliography: sources on Alliance history.