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Third Force Politics: Liberal Democrats at the Grassroots

Paul Whiteley, Patrick Seyd, and Antony Billinghurst


This book examines the recovery of the British Liberal Democrat Party, emphasizing the role of the grassroots party members in shaping this recovery. A number of factors have contributed to the party’s resurgence, including the performances of its main rivals, the Conservative and Labour parties, and the decline in partisan attachments throughout the entire electorate. However, evidence shows that the grassroots party has played the decisive role in bringing this about. The key players are the men and women who joined the party as members, and then actively worked on its behalf by campaigning ... More

Keywords: Liberal Democrat Party, grassroots party members, Conservative Party, Labour Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199242828.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Whiteley, author
Professor of Government, University of Essex, and Co-Director of the British Election Study
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Patrick Seyd, author
Emeritus Professor of Politics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Political Parties, University of Sheffield
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Antony Billinghurst, author
Senior Research Officer, Department of Work and Pensions, Sheffield