Explaining Party Activism: The Case of the British Conservative Party

@article{Whiteley1994ExplainingPA,
  title={Explaining Party Activism: The Case of the British Conservative Party},
  author={Paul Whiteley and Patrick Seyd and Jeremy J. Richardson and Paul Bissell},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  year={1994},
  volume={24},
  pages={79 - 94}
}
In common with most other mass democratic parties the Conservative party has a large group of active members who sustain the party over time. A model is developed to explain variations in activism within the party, which takes account of the ‘paradox of participation’. The results, based on the first national random sample survey of Conservative party members, show that activism is motivated by three classes of factors. Activism is motivated, firstly, by a variety of selective incentives, such… 

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