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Loyalties of Voters

by Rose R and McAllister I SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
03/1990
ISBN:
9780803982741
Format:
Hbk 240 pages
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AU$234.00 NZ$242.61
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What determines the loyalties of voters? The factors identified by social scientists range from a politician's last-minute television appeal to the social class of the voter's parents. But which of the many influences are most important electorally? For the first time, The Loyalties of Voters offers a convincing answer, firmly based on an analysis of three decades of electoral behaviour.A sophisticated lifetime learning model is developed. Family loyalties absorbed as a child, adult socio-economic interests and enduring political values cumulatively shape a voter's judgement of the government of the day, the party leaders of the moment. Marshalling evidence from British elections from 1964 to the present, Rose and McAllister determine the critical steps in a lifetime of learning. They show a clear and readable way the influence (or lack of influence) of each potentially formative factor.The book illuminates the transition from the two-party system of the 1960s to the disillusion with Labour and the rise of the centre parties which caused instability of voting in the 1980s. The conclusion considers the major challenges facing the parties in the 1990s: for the left and centre, the need to bring together voters with differing values about the economy, the environment and international affairs into a winning coalition; for the right, opportunities for expanding the Conservative coalition when Margaret Thatcher steps down.Combining the development of a new model and an in-depth analysis of the 1987 election with stimulating perspectives on earlier and future voting behaviour. The Loyalties of Voters is essential reading for all students of politics.

Introduction Parties Propose and Voters Dispose Unstable Parties A Lifetime Learning Model Family Loyalties Structure of Socio-economic Interests Values of Voters Placing Voters in Context The Performance of Parties and Leaders The Cumulative Effect of a Lifetime of Learning Change Through Time The Big Trade-off Facing Parties

`...an ambitious, constructive, and praiseworthy contribution to British electoral sociology. The book is clearly written, and analyses are thoroughly executed...this is an exemplary study of the current state of the art in the analysis of British electoral behaviour. The authors are judicious in their treatment of their data, comprehensive in their use of existing literature, and clear in their analyses and conclusions. Rose and McAllister have given us an admirable and important study' - Sociology



`Recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. - Choice



`It poses important questions in a stimulating, well-written style.' - Contemporary Sociology



`...this is a valuable contribution to the voting literature. The breadth and depth of analysis are presented succinctly, intelligently, and persuasively' - Political Science

Richard Rose University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Ian McAllister Australian National University, Canberra, Australia