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Third Force Politics

Paul Whiteley, Patrick Seyd and Antony Billinghurst

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199242825
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242828.001.0001
Third Force Politics

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This book examines the recovery of the British Liberal Democrat Party, emphasizing the role of the grassroots party members in shaping this recovery. A number of factors have contributed to the party’s resurgence, including the performances of its main rivals, the Conservative and Labour parties, and the decline in partisan attachments throughout the entire electorate. However, evidence shows that the grassroots party has played the decisive role in bringing this about. The key players are the men and women who joined the party as members, and then actively worked on its behalf by campaigning or standing in local and national elections when the political climate was cold. A major focus of the book is to examine these people. The future electoral prospects for the party are also discussed, including the question of whether or not it can replace its rivals as the second, or even the first, party of British electoral politics.

Keywords: Liberal Democrat Party; grassroots party members; Conservative Party; Labour Party

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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‘Introduction and Overview‘ in Third Force Politics

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<b>Who Are the Members?</b> in Third Force Politics

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<b>Why Join the Party?</b> in Third Force Politics

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<b>Conclusions</b> in Third Force Politics

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