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Title: The Conservative Party Representatives Study 2002 : a multi-focus, quantitative analysis of the beliefs, behaviour and background of Conservative Party politicians in 2002
Author: Meek, Nigel Gervas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2687 7900
Awarding Body: London Metropolitan University
Current Institution: London Metropolitan University
Date of Award: 2010
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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.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: 320 Political science