Participating locally and nationally: explaining the offline and online activism of British party members

Bale, Tim, Webb, Paul and Poletti, Monica (2018) Participating locally and nationally: explaining the offline and online activism of British party members. Political Studies. ISSN 0032-3217

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Abstract

Drawing on survey data on the members of six British parties gathered in the immediate aftermath of the general election of 2015, this paper addresses the question of what members do for their parties during campaigns. It identifies a key distinction between traditional forms of activity and more recent forms of online campaign participation. While the well-established general incentives theory of participation continues to offer a useful basis for explaining both types of campaign activism, we find that our understanding is significantly enhanced by considering the impact of national and local political contexts. Whereas the former chiefly adds explanatory value to the model of online participation by party members, the latter considerably improves the model of offline participation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Political parties - party members - political participation
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex European Institute
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Depositing User: Paul Webb
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2018 11:25
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 14:54
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/77391

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
Party Members in the United KingdomG1772ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILPOLD1A6S - ES/M007537/1