The thesis of this book can be simply stated: political parties are a necessary, important and imperfect feature of British government today. This is the problem of party government. Parties are necessary because opinion must be organized if anything resembling representative government is to exist; government without parties would make contemporary British politics resemble medieval England or contemporary Ethiopia. Parties are important because the group victorious at a general election becomes the government. Parties are imperfect because the men placed in office lack the ability to realize their intentions: they are best at justifying whatever is formally done in their name.


Political Party Party System Party Leader Collective Choice Labour Party 
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© Richard Rose 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Rose
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  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

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