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School of Politics and International Relations

Labour and the Tories are pinching each other’s plans. Does it work?


The Economist referenced an argument by Professor Tim Bale in an article about political parties aping each other’s policies. The article reads: “But what works on the pages of an academic journal is messier in real life, argues Tim Bale. Deciding whether a policy area is pragmatic or principled is more art than science. The National Health Service, for example, bestrides both. And nabbing too many of an opponent’s policies may annoy a party’s core supporters, whatever the issues in question.”



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