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Intra-party pluralism at work: the manifestations of ideological diversity in local Labour Party activism

Abstract : This dissertation explores how ideological pluralism manifests itself in the local activities of the Labour Party, from the point of view of its members. It seeks to address the broader question of the interplay between agreement and dissent, cooperation and competition in voluntary political sociations. To which extent do Labour members manage to work towards shared objectives while expressing differing views? The party under scrutiny has been experiencing a polarisation of internal divergences and an accentuation of organised factionalism since 2015, making ideology-fuelled centrifugal dynamics particularly salient. This thesis considers ideologies as cultural systems oriented towards political action, that not only provide a template for understanding the social world but also promote specific participatory practices and norms. It examines the competition between rival interpretations of how the organisation should operate and its members behave, and conversely how Labour handles its internal pluralism to function at the grassroot level. This is reflected by the methods used, the bulk of the evidence being provided by participant observation and interviewing of members from four local parties.
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Clément Claret. Intra-party pluralism at work: the manifestations of ideological diversity in local Labour Party activism. Political science. Paris : Sciences Po - Institut d'études politiques de Paris, 2022. English. ⟨tel-03597652⟩

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