Continuity and Change

  • David Butler
  • Donald Stokes


The sheer complexity of the processes which change the parties’ strength is underlined again and again throughout this book. Indeed, the variety of the factors at work has dominated our discussion of the physical replacement of the electorate, of fundamental shifts of party alignment, and of more transient variations of electoral strength. Any catalogue of the factors involved in these processes must include some that are to be found in the voter’s mind, some in the circumstances that govern his chances of being born and of surviving to any given age, some in his interaction with his family and with his neighbours and workmates, some in the structure and operations of the communications media, some in the behaviour of political leaders and party organizations, and some in the trends of the economy or in world events — and even this list is far from exhaustive.


Political Change Party System Party Leader Electoral Politics British Economy 
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© David Butler and Donald Stokes 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Donald Stokes
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Princeton UniversityUSA

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