IN terms of its influence over attitudes, activism emerged as a factor in Belfast politics at least comparable with class, religion and party. Subsequent chapters will be concerned with exploring some of the implications of this finding. For if activists, by virtue of experiences in Council and administration which they share with each other but not with their followers, develop preferences and appraisals which differ from those of the general population, this will have immediate bearings on the question of representation — the extent to which councillors act on the preferences of their constituents (Chapter 11). It also indicates the presence of constraints on free communication between activists and population (Chapter 12). Different preferences may have evolved in procedural as well as other areas while patterns of conflict and agreement may also diverge (Chapter 13).
KeywordsBackground Characteristic Council Work Unionist Councillor Association Membership Social Elite
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