The Ideas of Activists

  • Richard Rose


Political parties are one of the chief institutions permitting the ordinary Englishman to voice his views to those who govern in his name. In a ward or a constituency-party meeting an individual can, if he wishes, speak out about a wide variety of issues, subject only to the tolerance of his fellow partisans. Because a party meeting justifies political demands in terms of the public interest or that portion of the public the party claims to represent, partisans may claim to reflect a broader outlook than pressure group spokesmen. A nationwide network of constituency parties offers a point of local contact between a voter and his MP or parliamentary candidate. Collectively, constituency organizations meet at the Annual Conference to present their views to their national party leadership.


Labour Activist Constituency Parti Party Member Labour Party Conservative 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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