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<b>Ideology and the Party Members</b>

Paul Whiteley, Patrick Seyd and Antony Billinghurst

in Third Force Politics

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780199242825
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242828.003.0003
 Ideology and the Party Members

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This chapter begins by examining if there is evidence that a set of belief structures underlies the attitudes of party members. This is followed by an analysis of the sources of ideological variations in the grassroots party, paying particular attention to the social characteristics of members, as well as their political experiences and political roots. It is shown that there is a distinctive set of principles underlying Liberal Democrat political ideology. The ideology centres around individual freedom and tolerance in relation to lifestyle issues, a belief in redistribution and social equality, a commitment to free markets and a positive attitude to internationalism, as exemplified by members’ views of the European Union (EU).

Keywords: Liberal Democrat Party; ideology; party members; Liberal Democrat; attitudes

Chapter.  6668 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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