Vote Blue, Go Green ? Cameron's Conservatives and the Environment

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How genuine is the Conservative party's rediscovery of the environment ? Would a Conservative government led by David Cameron implement a wide-ranging and progressive environmental policy ? This article explores why Cameron has embraced the environment so enthusiastically when Conservative governments have had a poor record of environmental protection and the Conservative party has traditionally shown little interest in the issue. It assesses the impact of Cameron's strategy both on his own party and on the wider world of environmental politics and it evaluates the continuing commitment of the Conservatives to the issue by assessing what kind of policies a future Conservative government might implement. Although Cameron remains committed to the issue and he has already had a positive impact on Labour government policy, he has not yet convinced his party or its supporters, so a future Conservative government would probably represent continuity rather than significant change in environmental policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Conservative party
  • party politics
  • David Cameron
  • environmental politics
  • environmental policy
  • climate change

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