The Conservative Party representatives study 2002: a multi-focus, quantitative analysis of the beliefs, behaviour and background of Conservative Party politicians in 2002

Meek, Nigel Gervas (2010) The Conservative Party representatives study 2002: a multi-focus, quantitative analysis of the beliefs, behaviour and background of Conservative Party politicians in 2002. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.

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The Conservative Party Representatives Study 2002 is a multi-focus analysis using quantitative methods of the institutional and political culture of Conservative politicians in 2002. A 20-page questionnaire was sent in April 2002 to all Conservative MPs, Peers, MEPs, Scottish MPs, Welsh and Greater London Assembly members, local councillors in Scotland and Wales and a 10% random sample of local councillors in England. The closed format items cover a range of topics under the headings: the United Kingdom; the environment; business, labour relations, welfare and the economy; Britain, Europe and the wider world; ethnicity, citizenship and national image; society and culture; the conduct of politics; the political parties; religion; and the 2001 Conservative Party leadership contest. There are a small number of experiential items for all respondents and a larger battery of socio-demographic items for local councillors in England. A large proportion of attitudinal items are not intended as stand-alone items but as part of statistically robust multi-item scales. Also used in the report is a range of secondary data allowing relevant comparisons between CPRS 2002 respondents and politicians from other parties and/or the general public. Statistical analysis using a range of methods was conducted using SPSS. These techniques are used to determine differences, associations and/or predictors of attitudes, behaviour and socio-demographic background in a range of subject areas covered by a series of thematic chapters. This affords four outcomes. First, a systematic portrayal of the attitudes, background and to some extent behaviour of Conservative politicians in 2002. Second, predictions about the impact of generational replacement as lower-level politicians progress to higher positions. Third, the investigation of a number of specific research questions. Fourth, the creation and lodging of a dataset with the relevant academic authorities both to allow for further analysis of the captured data and to serve as the potential basis of a time series dataset.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: uk.bl.ethos.517163
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conservative Party; Conservative politicians; Conservative Party Representatives Study (CPRS) 2002; multi-focus analysis; institutional culture; political culture; United Kingdom
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Chiara Repetto
Date Deposited: 05 May 2022 15:25
Last Modified: 05 May 2022 15:35
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/7567

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