Parties in the Voter’s Mind

@inproceedings{Butler1971PartiesIT,
  title={Parties in the Voter’s Mind},
  author={David Butler and Donald F. Stokes},
  year={1971}
}
The role played by the parties in giving shape and direction to the behavior of voters is so taken for granted that its importance is easily missed. Without it, however, the mass of the people could scarcely participate in regular transfers of power. The individual elector accepts the parties as leading actors on the political stage and sees in partisan terms the meaning of the choices which the universal franchise puts before him. British government would be fundamentally changed if parties… CONTINUE READING

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