British Politics and European Elections 1999
The authors present an original and authoritative account of what was involved for the United Kingdom in the contests for the European Parliament. They describe the background, the preparation by the parties, the unfolding campaign (both nationally and regionally) and the results. They discuss the election's short-term effects and its long-term implications and they explore what lay behind the unexpectedly low turnout. The European elections involved the first nationwide experiment with proportional representation and the ramifications for the parties and the rules of the political game provide a major theme.