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.


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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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