The Study of Political Generations

  • David Butler
  • Donald Stokes


Changes of alignment in British politics during this century were accomplished only in part by shifts in the established loyalties of those making up the electorate. These realignments came as well from changes in the composition of the electorate itself as new generations displaced those being removed by death. The younger cohorts were more open to new political appeals, while their elders carried the ideas and preferences of an earlier era with them to the grave. It seems reasonable to think that the process of replacement plays a part in all great political realignments.


Registrar General Middle 1960s Successive Cohort Differential Fertility Party Preference 
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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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