The Structure of Party Organization

  • Richard Rose


Organization creates political resources. Without organization, politically active citizens, whether MPs or voters, would have no means of collective influence. Organization creates stability. Because MPs belong to parties, a Cabinet can expect that a majority of the House of Commons will loyally endorse its actions and an MP in a safe seat can pursue his interests, knowing that as long as his local party re-endorses his candidacy, he will remain in the Commons. Organization also creates the potential for conflict between individuals active in different institutions within the overarching structure of the party or between individuals wishing to control one part of the party.


Trade Union Constituency Parti Labour Party Conservative Party Party Organization 
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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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