What Do Parties Stand For?

  • Richard Rose


Writings about political parties often emphasize electioneering or organizational attributes, whereas publications by political parties emphasize their policy-making role. The political significance of elections and organization is indubitable. Yet to discuss party politics without reference to policy is to risk forgetting what politics is about — at least in the minds of those who are involved. The difference in emphasis is of more than academic interest. Does the attention that academics and journalists give to personalities, organization and elections express the priorities of the writers or those they write about? Is the attention that politicians give to policies a means of furthering the public good, or a means of rationalizing their ambition for electoral success and influence within an organization?


Policy Preference Party Leader Labour Government Labour Party Liberal 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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