The reimagined party

Democracy, change and the public

This book offers unprecedented insight into public views of parties in the UK. Using a mixed-method approach, it explores perceptions of party representation, participation, governance and conduct. Asking what citizens want from parties the book presents new data that shows many people have unrealized desires for parties, and that there are important nuances in how parties are viewed. Introducing the idea of the re-imagined party, the book argues that far from rejecting the idea of party democracy, many people want to see established principles updated to reflect modern ideas. Specifically, people want to see parties that are more open and inclusive, responsive and responsive, and that offer principled leadership. This book offers a vital resource for students and practitioners of party politics. Distilling citizens’ views and considering options for possible response, it outlines the kind of change that many people would like to see and discusses barriers to re-imagining parties in line with citizens’ ideals.

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