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William L. Miller, Annis May Timpson, and Michael Lessnoff

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279846.001.0001

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Partisanship and Ideology

Partisanship and Ideology

(p.295) 9 Partisanship and Ideology
Political Culture in Contemporary Britain

William L. Miller

Annis May Timpson

Michael Lessnoff

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the way in which attitudes to civil and political rights relate to partisanship and self-assigned ideology. The causal implications of that relationship may be ambiguous. It recognizes that a general left-wing or right-wing, Labour or Conservative, orientation may help people to decide their position on new issues as they arise, yet, at the same time, it is the constellation of existing issues and attitudes that gives meaning to such ideological labels as ‘left’ and ‘right’. For most people, the contemporary meaning of such terms as ‘left’, ‘right’, and ‘centre’ is defined by the attitudes and behaviour of those who accept such labels now — or who have these labels thrust upon them.

Keywords:   attitudes, civil rights, political rights, partisanship, ideology, left, right, centre

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