This concluding chapter identifies and reflects on two main themes that emerge from the book. The first of these is narrative and political performance, which is concerned with how politicians define situations, offer visions of the future, and present themselves as the embodiment of these narratives. In turn, such performances must be tailored to the expectations of the audience. This constitutes the second major theme of the book, and it is clear that there is a balance to be struck between the expectations of party supporters and those of the wider electorate. The final section of the chapter considers a number of productive avenues for further research.
|Title of host publication||Voices of the UK Left|
|Subtitle of host publication||Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics|
|Editors||Judi Atkins, John Gaffney|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Aug 2017|
|Name||Rhetoric, Politics and Society|
Atkins, J. (2017). Reflections on the UK Left: Narrative, Leadership Performance and Imagined Audiences. In J. Atkins, & J. Gaffney (Eds.), Voices of the UK Left: Rhetoric, Ideology and the Performance of Politics (pp. 231-239). (Rhetoric, Politics and Society). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51902-9_12