What makes for a successful opposition party? How much of that success is down to the leader? How much does policymaking matter in opposition? … Read the full post »
Read my posts featuring the work of political scientist, author and professor, Tim Bale. Of particular relevance to this site is his research into political party membership – why people join parties, why they don’t and how they behave when they have.
He is also the author of an excellent book on Ed Miliband’s time as Labour Leader, Five Year Mission.
Professor Tim Bale, one of the leading experts in political party membership, talks about who joins parties, why they join and how those who join the Liberal Democrats differ from those who join other parties. … Read the full post »
There are two versions of 2019 which future historians of the Liberal Democrats may write about. One is about a party that was on the road to recovery… … Read the full post »
For several years now, Tim Bale, Paul Webb and Monica Poletti have been the stand-out stars of research into British political party membership. … Read the full post »
Liberal Democrat Newswire #126 contains the results of a survey of party members on who they are going to vote for as the next Liberal Democrat leader and why. … Read the full post »
Liberal Democrat Newswire #125 came out last week, taking a look at the remarkable European Parliament elections and what comes next for the Lib Dems. … Read the full post »
Welcome to the latest episode of Never Mind The Bar Charts, in which Stephen Tall and I picked over the European election results and what comes next for the Lib Dems. … Read the full post »
Today it is back to the work of the trio of party membership experts Paul Webb, Tim Bale and Monica Poletti and what makes party members get active. … Read the full post »
“If they support us, why don’t they join us?” That question has regularly come up in various forms during the debates ahead of this weekend’s Lib Dem spring conference. … Read the full post »
Liberal Democrat Newswire #117 has a special survey on the party reform proposals, a book offer for readers and Jo Swinson’s views on the Coalition, amongst other stories. … Read the full post »