Journal articles

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

Liberal Democrats in coalition: Europe

Liberal Democrats in coalition: climate and energy

Liberal Democrats in coalition: home affairs

Liberal Democrats in coalition: social security

Liberal Democrats in coalition: health

Liberal Democrats in coalition: education

Liberal Democrats in coalition: economic policy

Coalition and the Liberal Democrats: the policy record

What did the SDP bequeath to the Liberal Democrats?

Report: Catastrophe: the 2015 election campaign and its outcome

Coalition and the 2015 election

Comparing coalitions

The 2015 election campaign and its outcome

The impacts of coalition

Managing the coalition

Why did it go wrong?

Coalition and the deluge

Coalition and the Liberal Democrats

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?

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

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

The 1910 and 2010 elections

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 […]