Third Force Politics: Liberal Democrats at the Grassroots

Hardcover | June 15, 2006

byPaul Whiteley, Patrick Seyd, Billinghurst Antony

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Who belongs to the Liberal Democrats, and why? What are the opinions of the party members about politics and society, and about their own party organization? How active are the members, and what role do they play in electoral politics? Based on extensive research and a nationally representative survey of the grassroots party, this is the first book-length study of Liberal Democrat party members. It examines who they are, why they joined the party, what activities they undertake both in the wider community and in electoralpolitics, and it looks at their views on a whole range of policy issues in British politics. This book represents the continuation of a series of studies of party members in Britain co-authored by Patrick Seyd and Paul Whiteley.

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Who belongs to the Liberal Democrats, and why? What are the opinions of the party members about politics and society, and about their own party organization? How active are the members, and what role do they play in electoral politics? Based on extensive research and a nationally representative survey of the grassroots party, this is ...

Paul Whiteley is at Professor of Government, University of Essex, and Co-Director of the British Election Survey. Patrick Seyd is at Emeritus Professor of Politics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Political Parties, University of Sheffield.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:June 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199242828

ISBN - 13:9780199242825

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1. Introduction and Overview2. Who Are The Members?3. Ideology and the Party Members4. Why Join the Party?5. Explaining Party Activism6. Local Campaigning and the Liberal Democrat Vote7. Electoral Performance and Prospects8. ConclusionsAppendix 1: Details of the SurveyAppendix 2: The Questionnaire