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Title: Party membership and campaign activity in Britain: The impact of electoral performance
Authors: Fisher, J
Denver, D
Hands, G
Keywords: Britain; elections; party activity; party members; political participation
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Sage
Citation: Party Politics. 12,(4) 505-519
Abstract: The article examines the impact of electoral results on party membership and activity. Previous studies have focused on the long-term effects of electoral success or failure, suggesting that they may produce a spiral of demobilization or mobilization. The article shows that the dramatic change of electoral fortunes experienced by British parties at the 1997 general election broke this spiral, with the outcome leading to significant changes in the health and activity of local parties. It is concluded that dramatic election results can have significant implications for party organization.
ISSN: 1354-0688
Appears in Collections:Politics and International Relations
Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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