True Blues: The Politics of Conservative Party Membership
OUP Oxford, Oct 13, 1994 - Political Science - 316 pages
The Conservative Party is one of the most successful political parties in the western world. Its success has been built on its large grass roots membership. And yet that membership appears to be increasingly disaffected and in decline. This book is the first in depth study of this crucial section of the Conservative Party. Drawing on new and revealing survey data, it paints a fascinating picture of the social make-up and political views of a grass roots membership who dislike Jacques Delors more than the European Community, and The Sun newspaper most of all. the book challenges the stereotypical view of the Conservative activist as an eccentric and politically irrelevant Thatcher-loving extremist. Instead, the authors argue that the grass roots membership are the unsung heroes of political life; helping to keep the party system working and democracy intact at a time when it is under considerable strain. The authors claim that to some extent the party is the author of its own problems, and point out the likely dire consequences for its future success if the current decline continues. They conclude by outlining the ways in which the leadership might revitalize its most important political asset.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
2 PARTY MEMBERS IN CONTEXT
3 WHO ARE THE MEMBERS?
4 JOINING THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY
5 EXPLAINING PARTY ACTIVISM
6 POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AND PARTY MEMBERS
7 PERCEPTIONS OF THE PARTY AND SOCIETY
Other editions - View all
active activists addition analysis appears associations attached attitudes become beliefs benefits Britain British campaign canvassing cent Central changes Chapter characteristics collective conference Conservative party constituency decline Democrats disagree discussion earlier effects election electoral evidence examine example explain expressive factor favour feel Figure Finally further give grass-roots greater idea ideology important incentives included income increase indicators individuals influence interesting involved issues join Labour Labour party leader leadership less Liberal majority matter means measure meetings membership motives Office opinions organization participation particular party members party membership percentages political problem progressive question reasons recruit relation relationship respondents scale scores seats sense share shows significant social spending strong Strongly agree suggests survey Table tend Thatcher TICK ONE BOX tion Union variables vote voters