School of Politics and International Relations

Both the Conservatives and Labour are in thrall to member power

28 May 2019

Professor Tim Bale published an opinion piece for the Financial Times on member power within political parties. He writes: “Political parties, whether they call themselves leftwing or rightwing, mainstream or insurgent, are, like businesses, so much more than a bunch of organograms showing who’s in charge of who. They are living, breathing cultures — an ever-shifting balance of forces between the management, the workforce, the salesforce and the customer. Who runs the show is clearly important — but it’s by no means all that matters.”