Issues and Change

  • David Butler
  • Donald Stokes


British politics in the 1960s presented issues that fulfilled in varying degree the three prerequisites for an issue to have an impact on the relative strength of the parties which we discussed in the preceding chapter. There were, moreover, several notable cases in which an issue’s properties changed quite abruptly in this period, altering its capacity to influence the party balance. Our analytic framework suggests some new insights into the impact of some of the issues of the 1960s. The issues to which the parties gave most prominence were not always those which had the greatest potential.


Social Service Attitude Formation Immigrant Concentration Family Allowance Party Position 
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© David Butler and Donald Stokes 1971

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Donald Stokes
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Center for Political StudiesUniversity of MichiganUSA

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