Cross-Voting in the British House of Commons: 1945-1974

  title={Cross-Voting in the British House of Commons: 1945-1974},
  author={Edward Crowe},
OLITICAL PARTIES in the British House of Commons are highly cohesive. According to Richards, "Members are conditioned to act in party terms . . . . To vote against one's associates . . . is to act contrary to a life purpose."' And yet, Members of Parliament are not always party loyalists; constituency pressures and issue disagreements are among the reasons which lead them to cross-vote in the division lobby of the opposition. This paper investigates the frequency of cross-voting between 1945… CONTINUE READING


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