Grassroots Influence: Pressure Groups within the Liberal Democrats

Elizabeth Evans

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This article examines the self-perceived influence of the specified associated organisations and associated organisations within the Liberal Democrats. The analysis is set within the wider theoretical context of political party construction and the dichotomy between the elite and grassroots activists. The article tests the thesis that there is a hierarchical structure of ancillary organisations within the party and that this determines which organisations feel that they have any real influence. It takes a fresh look at the role of the Liberal Democrat ancillary organisations and questions whether or not their party-sanctioned status restricts their ability and willingness to influence the party.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date17 Apr 2007
Publication statusPublished - 17 Apr 2007


  • grassroots
  • internal
  • Liberal Democrats
  • political parties

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