How do political parties cope with electoral defeat? How do they reconcile competing interpretations of their pasts? What happens when their visions of the future collapse?
My latest book, History, Heritage and Tradition in Contemporary British Politics explores these questions by viewing political parties as both tightly-knit communities with strong collective memories and privileged participants in the creation of national historical narratives.
In this clip (available to view online until 28th October 2012) you can watch me discussing issues raised in my book with Mark D’Arcy of the BBC Parliament Channel’s Book Talk series.