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<b>Explaining Party Activism</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/10.1093/0199242828.003.0005
 Explaining Party Activism

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This chapter examines grassroots activism in the Liberal Democrat Party. The results suggest that party activism can be explained by a combination of the individual’s psychological engagement with both politics and the party, together with their judgements about the costs and benefits of political engagement. Resources play a role in this, but it appears that incentives, and the choices associated with them, are particularly important in influencing the individual’s decision to be active.

Keywords: Liberal Democrat Party; grassroots activism; party activism; social background; ideology

Chapter.  9302 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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