Grassroots Politicians: Party Activists in British Columbia

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CHAPTER 1: THE POLARIZATION OF BC POLITICS
1
Even 33,000 was larger than the NDP membership figure at the time - 28,368. See Allan Whitehorn ( 1988:273)

CHAPTER 4: SOCIAL CREDIT
1
The consensus index equals the absolute value of 50 minus the percentage agreeing with a given statement.
2
Data from these leadership convention studies were made available by George Perlin of Queen's University. Professor Perlin bears no responsibility for the use made of these data in this book.
3
This factor analysis procedure is similar to that used by Richard Johnston in his analysis of the structure of beliefs within the federal Liberal and Conservative parties. He argues that using correlations between pairs of policy items to measure the degree of constraint, as Converse ( 1964) does, underestimates the degree of ideological constraint in a group. See Johnston ( 1988:58-60) for a detailed rationale and further explanation of the technique.
4
Principal components analysis with varimax rotation was the technique used. While the number of factors extracted after rotation differed by activist group, the continentalism items had their highest loadings on the second factor for all groups except BC Socreds where they loaded on the third factor.

CHAPTER 5: THE NEW DEMOCRATS
1
Keith Archer and Alan Whitehorn kindly made these data available to us.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Grassroots Politicians i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Tables and Figures vii
  • Preface ix
  • Chapter One - the Polarization of Bc Politics 3
  • Chapter Three - Continuity and Change: Party Activists, 1973-87 24
  • Conclusion 34
  • Chapter Four - Social Credit: Pragmatic Coalition or Ideological Right? 36
  • Conclusion 55
  • Chapter Five - the New Democrats: What Kind of Left? 58
  • Conclusion 70
  • Chapter Six - the Liberals: Centre or Fringe? 71
  • Conclusion 83
  • Chapter Seven - Leadership Selection in the Bc Parties 85
  • Conclusion 97
  • Chapter Eight the Social Credit Grassroots Recapture Their Party 99
  • Chapter Nine Resisting Polarization: the Survival of the Liberals 112
  • Conclusion 120
  • Chapter Ten Towards the Centre?: the Dynamics of Two-Party Competition 122
  • Appendix 137
  • Notes 143
  • Bibliography 147
  • Index 151
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