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p. 735. Representing

Voters and partieslocked

p. 735. Representing

Voters and partieslocked

  • Tony Wright

Abstract

British politics is party politics, but with the changing behaviour of voters, representative democracy is less straightforward than it was. ‘Representing: voters and parties’ explores the importance of the party, and overwhelmingly the party label counts in elections, although party names only appeared on ballot papers in 1969. The dominance of the two major parties has been challenged by a substantial increase in floating voters, gains made by the smaller parties, and changes within the parties themselves, with traditionally ‘top-down’ Conservatives now more likely to dissent. The referendum result presented the greatest challenge to the party-based system, bringing the question of representation into sharp focus.

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