David Cutts, Andrew Russell and Joshua Townsley

David Cutts is Professor of Political Science at the University of Birmingham. Andrew Russell is Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool. Joshua Townsley is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.

Their new book, The Liberal Democrats: From hope to despair to where?, provides a definitive account of the rise, fall and future prospects of the Liberal Democrats: the party that threatened to break the mould of British politics but suffered electoral calamity after entering government with the Conservatives. It retraces the Lib Dems\’ path to government and subsequent near oblivion, exploring the relationship between the party and the electorate in a post-coalition, post-Brexit, post-pandemic era.

The Liberal Democrats: From hope to despair to where? is set to be published in November 2023. Preorder here.

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