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Popular Politics and Political CultureUrban Scotland, 1918-1939$
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Malcolm Petrie

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474425612

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474425612.001.0001

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Popular Politics and Electioneering between the Wars

Popular Politics and Electioneering between the Wars

(p.151) 5 Popular Politics and Electioneering between the Wars
Popular Politics and Political Culture

Malcolm Petrie

Edinburgh University Press

Disruption and rowdyism at political meetingswas a feature of Victorian and Edwardian electioneering. The advent of mass democracy, and the rise of Communism in Europe, ensured that such behaviour came to be portrayed as evidence of political extremism and a threat to political stability. As a result, Labour candidates, keen to position their party as one capable of governing for the nation as a whole, distanced themselves from popular electoral traditions now synonymous with a confrontational, and unacceptable, politics of class. Heckling, rowdyism and disruption came, by the 1930s, to be associated primarily with the Communist Party.

Keywords:   Disruption, Rowdyism, Heckling, Political extremism, Election meetings, Labour Party, Communist Party, Electioneering

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