Footsoldiers: Political Party Membership in the 21st Century (häftad)
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Footsoldiers: Political Party Membership in the 21st Century (häftad)

Footsoldiers: Political Party Membership in the 21st Century

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This accessible, rigorously researched and highly revealing book lifts the lid on political party membership. It represents the first in-depth study of six of the UK's biggest parties - Labour, the Conservatives, the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, UK Independence Party and the Greens - carried out simultaneously, thereby providing invaluable new insights into members' social characteristics, attitudes, activities and campaigning, reasons for joining and leaving, and views on how their parties should be run and who should represent them. In short, at a time of great pressure on, and change across parties, this book helps us discover not only what members want out of their parties but what parties want out of their members. This text is essential reading for those interested in political parties, party membership, elections and campaigning, representation, and political participation, be they scholars and students of British and comparative politics, or politicians, journalists and party members - in short, anyone who cares about the future of representative democracy.
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"When so many say the UK's political system is broken, who are the party members who effectively choose who become our Prime Ministers? In this vital book the authors draw on the latest comprehensive research to dig down to the grassroots where politics is shaped for all of us. It will confirm some prejudices. It will shock as well." - Adam Boulton, All Out Politics, Sky News. "Are the current political parties fit for purpose? Who joins, why they join and where the balance of power lies are all explored in this thoroughly researched and acutely observed new book." - Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor, Sky News. "We hear far too much about the generals. Footsoldiers tells you everything you wanted to know about British party politics' poor bloody infantry. It busts myth after myth after myth, taking a subject you thought you knew all about and shows why you are completely wrong." - Philip Cowley, author of The British General Election of 2017. "It's a brilliant analysis of current trends and the authors' conclusions should be read by anyone who wants to understand why some parties are increasing their memberships while others are on a seemingly never-ending decline." - Iain Dale, LBC Radio Presenter. "Footsoldiers shines a light on the little platoons of citizens whose voluntary contributions of time, resources and energy, giving up their evenings and weekends to doorstep canvassing and branch meetings, keep our political parties functioning day to day. The authors exploit an impressive mass of data on the memberships of six parties to paint a clear and vivid picture of democracy's volunteer corps - who they are, what motivates them, and how they serve and shape our political parties. Vital reading for anyone interested in the inner workings and health of British party democracy." - Rob Ford, Manchester University, UK, and co-author of Revolt on the Right. "This is a book that needs to be read by anyone who is interested in the future of representative democracy in the United Kingdom. At a time when political parties are under siege, Webb, Bale and Poletti offer an unparalleled study of UK party members and supporters across the political spectrum. Why do people join parties? Who are they and what do they do? What motivates them and why do they leave? Answering these important questions through new survey and interview data, this book provides a timely and original analysis of the role of members in modern party organisations. Highlighting the challenges that parties face in recruiting members that reflect the general population and satisfying their demands once they join, the authors show that maintaining a vibrant and engaged base of supporters is no easy task for modern parties." - Anika Gauja, University of Sydney, Australia. "Party memberships are the seed beds of political leadership and this is a brilliantly well-timed drill down into who they are, why they join and how they affect our politics. We talk about activists and party members but desperately needed an up to date study on exactly who they are, why they join and with what effects. Here it is, assembled by the best academics in the business. Whether it is Labour grassroots and the Corbyn story, Tory grassroots shaping Brexit or the smaller party memberships surging and shrinking, our politics has rarely been more influenced by the activist base. This book is essential reading for all who want to understand what underpins our political parties and where the memberships might take them." - Gary Gibbon, Political Editor, Channel 4 News, UK. "If you want to understand British politics, you need to understand party members. And if you want to understand party members, you absolutely need to read this book. Party members have enormous influence on Britain's political parties. They are influential in some of the most important twists and turns in Brexit, in th

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Tim Bale is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, UK. Paul Webb is Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex, UK. Monica Poletti is a Social Researcher in the UK Civil Service, following a Research Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London, UK.


1. Introduction 2. Party Members: What we think we already know 3. Who are the Members? 4. What do Party Members Think? 5. The Supply Side: Why do people join parties? 6. What do Members do for Their Parties - and Why? 7. What do Members Think of Their Parties and How They Operate? 8. Quitting: Why members leave their parties 9. The Demand Side: How parties see membership 10. Conclusion: The parliamentary/extra-parliamentary balancing act