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Of Time and Partisan Instability in Britain


Converse's ‘Of Time and Partisan Stability’ presents one of the most elegant theories in political science. Analysing the surveys collected in Almond and Verba's five-nation study, Converse explains the micro-level processes that can contribute to partisan stability among mass electorates. If, as Campbell, Converse, Miller and Stokes argue, partisan loyalties contribute to electoral stability, Converse's theory has important implications, not only for electoral behaviour, but for democratic political stability as well.

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Philip E. Converse , ‘Of Time and Partisan Stability’, Comparative Political Studies, 2 (1969), 139–71.

Gabriel A. Almond and Sidney Verba , The Civic Culture: Political Attitudes and Democracy in Five Nations (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1963).

Philip E. Converse and Georges Dupeux , ‘Politicization of the Electorate in France and the United States’, Public Opinion Quarterly, 26 (1962), 123.

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Richard G. Niemi , G. Bingham Powell Jr, Harold W. Stanley and C. Lawrence Evans , ‘Testing the Converse Partisanship Model with New Electorates’, Comparative Political Studies, 18 (1985), 300–22.

David Butler and Donald Stokes , Political Change in Britain: The Evolution of Electoral Choice, 2nd edn (London: Macmillan, 1974).

Ivor Crewe , Bo Särlvik and James Alt , ‘Partisan Dealignment in Britain 1964–1974’, British Journal of Political Science, 7 (1977), 129–90.

Lawrence LeDuc , ‘The Dynamic Properties of Party Identification: A Four-Nation Comparison’, European Journal of Political Research, 9 (1979), 257–68.

Anthony Heath and Sarah-K. McDonald , ‘The Demise of Party Identification Theory?’, Electoral Studies, 7 (1988), 95107.

Ivor Crewe , ‘The Electorate: Partisan Dealignment Ten Years On’, West European Politics, 6, 4 (1983), 183215

Ivor Crewe , Bo Särlvik and James Alt , ‘Reply to Abramson’, British Journal of Political Science, 8 (1978), 509–10.

Beck , ‘The Electoral Cycle and Patterns of American Polities’, British Journal of Political Science, 9 (1979), 129–56.

William Claggett , ‘Partisan Acquisition, Policy Relevant Parties and Realignments’, Western Political Quarterly, 42 (1989), 225–44.

Martin Harrop and William L. Miller , Elections and Voters: A Comparative Introduction (Basingstoke, Hants: Macmillan, 1987).

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British Journal of Political Science
  • ISSN: 0007-1234
  • EISSN: 1469-2112
  • URL: /core/journals/british-journal-of-political-science
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