OUR comparison of councillors and residents in Belfast has revealed as many differences between councillors in the two parties as between councillors and residents per se. But this conclusion should not be overstated. While Unionist councillors were obviously drawn from more exclusive groupings than non-Unionist councillors, it remains true that the latter are not a mirror image of residents in terms either of present socioeconomic characteristics or of origins. The party contrast resided in the fact that Unionists were sharply contrasted with the population on these factors, while non-Unionists were only mildly contrasted. On present occupation, however, which emerged as the most weighty factor differentiating councillors from residents under all controls, non-Unionists were quite sharply differentiated.
KeywordsStratification Model Communication Constraint Unionist Councillor Geographic Model Party Group
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