Third Force Politics: Liberal Democrats at the Grassroots by Patrick Seyd, Visit Amazon's Paul Whiteley Page, search PDF

By Patrick Seyd, Visit Amazon's Paul Whiteley Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Paul Whiteley, , Antony Billinghurst

ISBN-10: 0199242828

ISBN-13: 9780199242825

According to wide learn and a nationally consultant survey of the grassroots get together, this is often the 1st book-length research of Liberal Democrat celebration contributors. It examines who they're, why they joined the get together, what actions they adopt either within the wider neighborhood and in electoral politics, and it appears at their perspectives on an entire diversity of coverage matters in British politics.

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The proportion of members taking this stance has fallen by 6 per cent. Following with the comparison of Liberal Democrat party members to Liberal Democrat voters, would it be true to say that the former are ‘extremists’ in comparison with the latter? We examine this next. 34 Who Are the Members? 12. A comparison of members in 1993 and 1999: political attitudes (percentages) A B C D E F A: B: C: D: E: F: A B C D 1993 1999 1993 1999 1993 1999 1993 1999 1993 1999 1993 1999 Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree 8 12 8 5 11 4 9 11 27 12 10 8 27 41 37 38 40 31 26 50 35 41 14 17 39 16 27 24 32 30 23 19 17 16 21 22 20 25 23 29 15 30 36 18 14 25 35 38 6 6 4 4 2 6 6 1 6 6 20 15 Coalition governments are the best form of government for Britain.

9 that on crime issues, members were rather illiberal, with pluralities believing that stiffer sentences should be handed out to criminals, and that life sentences should mean life. In response to both of these questions, Liberal Democrat voters are even more supportive of tough policies than the members. Seven in every ten voters believed in tougher sentencing and eight in ten believed that life sentences should be for life. 4, which compared members’ and voters’ social characteristics, we raised the question of whether the differences that existed between them might cause problems for the party.

The fact that members are more likely to be men, and also more likely to be older, wealthier, and better educated than the voters could be a problem when the party tries to recruit women, the young, and the less well off. However, this is a problem that is not unique to the Liberal Democrats; all the major parties in Britain face it. Returning to an examination of the party members, one of the key issues from the point of view of the national party organization is how much the members are attached to the party, and how much they are prepared to work for it.

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