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Labour's Grass Roots : The Politics of Party Membership - Patrick Seyd

Labour's Grass Roots

The Politics of Party Membership

Paperback Published: 18th June 1992
ISBN: 9780198273585
Number Of Pages: 368

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Who belongs to the Labour Party and why? What are their opinions about politics and society, or about the 'new model' party of Neil Kinnock? After the electoral debacle of 1983 the Labour leadership embarked on a strategy of modernization in order to win back some of their lost support. The leadership has consistently tried to empower the party members at the expense of the trade unions and the party activists. But this strategy has been a 'leap in the dark', since the leadership has had no idea what views party members hold on matters of policy or internal organization. This book publishes the results of the first comprehensive study of party members, examining who they are, why they joined the Labour Party, and discussing their views on activism, the party, and society as a whole. Journalistic accounts of party membership abound with images of unrepresentative extremists and eccentrics. This book replaces journalistic hunches with accurate information on a significant group of actors in the British political process.

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"A unique portrait of the membership of Britain's Labour party....A sound piece of empirical research that asks the right questions and yields useful results by which to better understand Labour's membership."--Choice


"Seyd and Whiteley's gratifying new book provides the scholarly community with a coherent and methodologically-grounded account of the sociological and political contours of the party's membership."--British Politics Group Newsletter


"Seyd and Whiteley have a rich questionnaire, which yields the best picture to date of Labour party members."--American Political Science Review


List of Figuresp. viii
List of Tablesp. ix
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Party Members: A Reviewp. 13
Who Are The Members?p. 27
Why Join the Labour Party?p. 56
Why Be Active in the Labour Party?p. 86
Political Ideology and Party Membershipp. 118
Images of Party and Societyp. 146
Membership, Activism, and the Labour Votep. 174
Conclusionsp. 201
Appendix Ip. 221
Appendix IIp. 223
Referencesp. 256
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780198273585
ISBN-10: 0198273584
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 18th June 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.37