Journal articles

Geoff Tordoff: an appreciation

A look back at the life and long political career in the Liberal Party and Liberal Democrats of Geoff Tordoff

Liberal Democrat leadership performance

Comparative table of leadership performance updated to 2019

A lifetime in Liberalism: where do we go now?

The fourth Viv Bingham Lecture, as delivered by Tony Greaves

The long march of British history

Review of Martin Pugh, State and Society. A Social and Political History of Britain since 1870 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017)

Europe: The Liberal Commitment

Autumn Conference fringe meeting, 16 September 2018, with Anthony Howe and Eugenio Biagini; chair: Julie Smith.

The long-lived Liberal Party of Canada

An examination of the history of the Canadian Liberal Party.

Coalition before Party?

Review of David Laws, Coalition (Biteback Publishing, 2016) and Coalition Diaries 2012–2015 (Biteback Publishing, 2017)

From liberal to authoritarian

Review of Paul Lendvai, Orbán: Europe’s New Strongman (C. Hurst & Co., 2017)

The governance of Europe

Review of Andrew Duff, On Governing Europe: A Federal Experiment (Spinelli Group, 2018)

Verhofstadt’s last chance

Review of Guy Verhofstadt, Europe’s Last Chance: Why the European States Must Form a More Perfect Union (Basic Books, 2017)

Shirley Williams, the SDP and Europe

Interview with Shirley Williams

Liberal Parties in Europe

Liberals, free trade and Europe

From Cobden to the Common Market

Liberals in Local Government 1967–2017

Report of Liberal Democrat History Group fringe meeting, Bournemouth, 17 September 2017, with Kath Pinnock, Tony Greaves, Richard Kemp, Sarah Bedford, Matt Cole and Ruth Dombey; chair: Andrew Stunell

The same but different: Lib Dem members in 1999 and 2015

The characteristics of Liberal Democrat members analysed

Letters to the Editor

The 1915 general election (Graem Peters, Peter Rowland); Chris Rennard
interview (Barry Standen, Roger Jenking)

Liberal Democrat leadership

Comparative table of leadership performance updated to 2017

The changing face of election campaigning

An interview with Chris Rennard, former Director of Campaigns and Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats, about election campaigning.

Coalition: Could Liberal Democrats have handled it better?

Autumn conference meeting, 18 September 2016, with David Laws, Chris Huhne and Akash Paun; chair: Jo Swinson.

Ploughing his own furrow

Review of Norman Baker, Against the Grain (Biteback Publishing, 2015).

Liberal Democrats in coalition: constitutional reform

Overview by Robert Hazell. Commentaries from Matthew Hanney and Michael Steed.

Liberal Democrats in coalition: Europe

Overview by Tim Oliver. Commentaries from William Wallace and Hannah Bettsworth.

Liberal Democrats in coalition: climate and energy

Overview by Neil Carter. Commentaries from Chris Huhne, Ed Davey and Fiona Hall.

Liberal Democrats in coalition: home affairs

Overview by Timothy J. Oliver. Commentaries from Lynne Featherstone, Norman Baker and Caron Lindsay.

Liberal Democrats in coalition: social security

Overview by Peter Sloman. Commentaries from Jenny Willott and Alex Marsh.

Liberal Democrats in coalition: health

Overview by Peter Sloman. Commentaries from Paul Burstow, Norman Lamb and Evan Harris

Liberal Democrats in coalition: education

Overview by Simon Griffiths. Commentaries from David Laws and Helen Flynn.

Liberal Democrats in coalition: economic policy

Overview by Matt Cole. Commentaries from Vince Cable, Jo Swinson and David Howarth.

Coalition and the Liberal Democrats: the policy record

What did the SDP bequeath to the Liberal Democrats?

An examination of the legacy of the Social Democratic Party.

Report: Catastrophe: the 2015 election campaign and its outcome

Evening meeting of the Liberal History Group, 19 July 2015.

Coalition and the 2015 election

Targeting and its effect on Liberal Democrat performance in the 2015 general election; Can Liberals learn from history?

Comparing coalitions

A comparison of the coalition with the Scottish experience of 1999–2007; and a look at parallels from history.

The 2015 election campaign and its outcome

Analyses of the election result, and a look at what happened to the party’s campaigning machine.

The impacts of coalition

The coalition and Liberal Democrat members; and the impact on the party in Scotland.

Managing the coalition

How did the coalition work as a government? And how was the party itself managed?

Why did it go wrong?

Analyses of why the coalition experiment ended so disastrously for the Liberal Democrats; plus a review of Seldon and Finn, The Coalition Effect 2010–2015.

Coalition and the deluge

Interviews with Nick Clegg and ten other former Liberal Democrat ministers on their experiences of the 2010–15 coalition.

Coalition and the Liberal Democrats

Introduction to this special issue of the Journal

Writing about Charles

A review of Charles Kennedy’s obituaries and tributes

Old heroes for a new leader

The political heroes of Tim Farron and Norman Lamb

Women and the Liberal Democrats

Review of Dr Elizabeth Evans, Gender and the Liberal Democrats – Representing Women? (Manchester University Press, 2011)

Who votes for the Liberal Democrats?

Examination of the sources of electoral support for the Liberal Democrats.

The Liberal Democrats: the first 25 years

Introduction to this special issue of the Journal.

Elegant and concise

Review of David Dutton, A History of the Liberal Party Since 1900 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition, 2013).

Survival and success: twenty-five years of the Liberal Democrats

Report of a Liberal Democrat Conference fringe meeting, September 2013, with Paddy Ashdown, Duncan Brack, John Curtice, Mark Pack and Julie Smith.

Liberal Sutton

Review of A Flagship Borough: 25 years of a Liberal Democrat Sutton Council (Sutton Liberal Democrats, 2012).

2010 analysed

Review of Robert Worcester and Roger Mortimore, Explaining Cameron’s Coalition (Biteback Publishing, 2011).

‘Remains to be seen’

Review of Chris Bowers, Nick Clegg: The Biography (Biteback, 2011; paperback edition, 2012) and Jasper Gerard, The Clegg Coup (Gibson Square, 2011).

The 2010 election

Has the mould of British politics finally cracked?

The 1910 and 2010 elections

Continuity and change in election campaigning.

Liberal thought

Review of Kevin Hickson (ed.), The Political Thought of the Liberals and Liberal Democrats since 1945 (Manchester University Press, 2009).

A coalition is born

Review of David Laws, 22 Days in May (Biteback, 2010) and Rob Wilson, 5 Days to Power (Biteback, 2010).

Policy and ideology

Review of Tudor Jones, The Revival of British Liberalism – From Grimond to Clegg (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).


Coalition: Could Liberal Democrats have handled it better?

The 2015 election decisively ended the Liberal Democrats’ participation in government. Did what the party achieved in coalition between 2010 and 2015 justify the damage? Could the party have managed coalition better? The meeting marks the publication of the autumn Journal of Liberal History, a special issue on the policy record of the coalition. Speakers: […]

Survival and success: the first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats

This year, 2013, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Liberal Democrats. From near-annihilation to entry into government, the years since 1988 have been a roller-coaster ride for the party. Discuss which factors were important in the survival and success of the Liberal Democrats, and speculate about the future, with: Duncan Brack (Editor, Journal of Liberal […]