Party: Issue Clarity and Ambiguity
The point has now been reached at which it is necessary to link together some of the main themes of the last four chapters. In Chapter 3 it was argued that, of itself, the electoral mechanism is unlikely to provide for the political education of the electorate. It was contended that it is only through the interpretations of political leaders that the majority of citizens can develop a coherent understanding of the economic and social divisions in the society. But the electoral mechanism does not furnish an incentive for the parties either to identify new lines of cleavage or to present to the electorate comprehensive and comprehensible alternative policies for resolving these divisions. It was suggested that with internally democratic parties an incentive for party leaders to compete with the other party ‘team’ in primary, rather than secondary, ways would be introduced.
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