Conservative Radicalism: A Sociology of Conservative Party Youth Structures and Libertarianism, 1970-1992

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Chapter V
THE SOCIAL BACKGROUND AND DEGREE OF LIBERTARIANISM WITHIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY YOUTH STRUCTURES

5.1 Introduction to the Quantitative Enquiry

Given the evidence presented, it is plausible to imagine that under analysis the youth wings of the Conservative Party would demonstrate strong Libertarian tendencies. It can be expected that in terms of social and political values there exists today a substantial intergenerational cleavage between the Party's older and younger members.

The quantitative research undertaken, therefore, had two primary goals. Firstly, it was designed to profile the sociological and ideological nature of the party's youth. In particular, to detect any correlation between their views and such social factors as class or religious belief. Secondly, it attempted to profile older members' views so that an ideological comparison with the younger generation could be made.

However, because the Conservative Party was understandably sensitive about such research (not least for reasons of individual confidentiality), it was not possible for the author to obtain official membership lists and thereby examine a 'perfect' sample. Nevertheless, the research compiled is from an accurate and representative sample of branch, regional, area and national 'activists' (as opposed to the ordinary members), as the author was able to attend many YC branch, CCF branch, CCF training, CCF conference, and NACG

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Notes for this section begin on page 125.

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