By Malcolm B. Hamilton (auth.)
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But the left wing must be careful not to alienate the moderates too much. They may be accused of extremism and of jeopardising the party's electoral chances. On the other hand, when the moderates dominate they frequently adopt a less radical line than might otherwise have been the case for fear of being criticised by rival parties as pursuing certain policies merely to placate the extreme left. The need for unity in a situation where a single party of the left is divided into factions will frequently lead to compromises on matters of policy in which the moderate faction is in a strong position to argue that moderation is electorally fruitful.
For example, it shows that the Labour Party was at its most radical on economic questions in 1931 and that it moved steadily to the left between 1945, when it was at its most conservative point, and 1959. To be fair to Robertson, however, the purposes of his study required him to pay more attention to the images that parties present in terms of policy than to what that policy has actually been. Also, he does modify the Downsian perspective in a very important respect by acknowledging that parties are as much problem solving agencies as they are representatives of the interests of voters.
Rapid technological change can undermine or increase feelings of status and pride in work, and may affect patterns of authority and subordination. These aspects cannot be measured very easily. Sometimes strike levels are indicative of such problems. At other times rather more qualitative evidence has to be used. Relative deprivation Relative deprivation rather than absolute deprivation, it has frequently been observed, is more important in generating dissatisfaction and desire for change. Expectations rather than actual conditions generate dissatisfaction with the status quo.
Democratic Socialism in Britain and Sweden by Malcolm B. Hamilton (auth.)