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British Elections and Parties Review (British Elections and by Colin Rallings, Roger Scully, Jonathan Tonge, Paul Webb

By Colin Rallings, Roger Scully, Jonathan Tonge, Paul Webb

Containing contributions from prime names in British politics, this overview keeps to submit front-rank study on events, elections and balloting behaviour in Britain.

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One is more likely to become a member of parliament because of one’s political friends than because of one’s abilities. PIM FORTUYN AND THE DUTCH PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION 31 TABLE 4B LEVELS OF POLITICAL EFFICACY, 1994–2002 (%) Low High N 1994 5 22 19 22 31 1998 6 19 18 22 36 2002 5 24 21 21 29 Note: The political efficacy score is based on the responses to the following statements: Members of parliament do not care about the opinions of people like me. Political parties are only interested in my vote and not in my opinion.

This corresponds exactly with the areas covered by the main current institutions, namely Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and Regional Chambers, which are likely to be the basis of any future regional assemblies. Regional Development Agencies were launched in eight English regions in 1999. The ninth, in London, was established in 2000 following the formation of the Greater London Authority (GLA). Their aim is to coordinate regional economic development and regeneration, enable the English regions to improve their relative competitiveness, and reduce the imbalances that exist within and between regions.

Livable Netherlands was the national extension of a movement that had begun in a number of municipalities at previous local elections. In 2002 it hoped to make a strong entry into Parliament. In October the party leadership advised the party congress to choose Pim Fortuyn as the party leader. Polls at the beginning of November indicated that LN might expect to receive 6 to 8 seats at the upcoming 24 BRITISH ELECTIONS & PARTIES REVIEW elections. By the end of the month, LN had increased to 10 seats, while the Labour and Liberal parties were in a tight race over which would be the largest party: Labour was at 41 seats while the Liberal Party was at 40.

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