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Unsung heroes : constituency election agent in British general elections.

Fisher, Justin and Denver, David T. and Hands, H. T. Gordon (2006) Unsung heroes : constituency election agent in British general elections. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 8 (4). pp. 569-586. ISSN 1369-1481

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Abstract

Despite their central role in the electoral process, constituency agents have been largely overlooked by political scientists and this article seeks to rectify the omission. It sketches the origins and development of the role of agent from the late 19th century and suggests that a serious rethink of the role took place in the 1990s. Survey-based evidence about the social characteristics of agents is presented confirming that they are largely middle-aged, middle-class, well-educated men. They are also becoming more experienced, offer realistic assessments of the impact of constituency campaigning and, arguably, many take a long-term view of how their party's support can be maximised.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24017
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2009 16:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24017

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