The Pull of the Leaders

  • David Butler
  • Donald Stokes


Politics in Britain, to a remarkable degree, are based on the competition between cohesive parties which act together in the national legislature and offer unified appeals for the support of the mass electorate. A member almost never goes against the party whips in the division lobbies, and very few candidates diverge from the party line in their election appeals.1 The familiar American phenomenon of the candidate who plays down his party affiliation and emphasizes local rather than national issues is much less common in Britain.


Party Leader Party Affiliation Labour Leader Secondary Leader Constituency Level 
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© David Butler and Donald Stokes 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Donald Stokes
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Center for Political StudiesUniversity of MichiganUSA

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