R. Kenneth Carty and D.
Munroe Eagles, "Preface:Party Organization and Campaigning
at the Grass Roots," Party Politics, 9 (September
For some decades, students of elections have been convinced
that local constituency-level campaigns do not matter. They
have argued that it is national party campaigns, driven by
sophisticated polling, television messaging and focused
around the appeals of leadership that determine election
outcomes. This is so even in electoral systems that maintain
geographically based electoral districts. New work is
reassessing that conventional wisdom and finding it
These articles were delivered as part of a workshop entitled
'Local Campaigning in Comparative Perspective' held during
the 2002 annual meetings of the Canadian Political Science
Association in Toronto.