The Theory and Practice of Campaigning

  • Richard Rose


Election campaigns are of major importance in theories of democracy, as well as in theories of political parties. Democratic theorists have assumed that politicians are and ought to be attentive to the views of the electorate during campaigns. While in office, they are expected to attend to popular preferences in anticipation of a subsequent electoral reaction. Critics of popular rule have assumed, as a matter of fact, that politicians attend too closely to what the voters want, rather than concentrate upon what voters or the nation ought to have.


Constituency Organization Election Campaign Party Leader Labour Party Major 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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