The Role of Political Scientists in Political Parties

Do political scientists really have any role to play in political parties? That is an interesting question I came across in a political science forum recently. People were giving all manner of opinions on the matter, mostly based on how they view political scientists (who, like other social scientists, are usually a controversial lot). The whole discussion nonetheless got me thinking on whether political scientists have any role to play in political parties.

My views on this question are informed — and biased — by one fact. That is the fact that I have a high opinion of social scientists, who I view as people who could solve most of the problems in the society (if only people would start taking them more seriously). Based on that understanding, then, it is my view that political scientists do indeed have a key role to play in political parties. And many of the problems that political parties face would be solved (or avoided altogether), if only they involved political scientists: either as consultants or as officials.

You have to understand that as far as matters political go, political scientists are the ‘go-to’ professionals. They are the people who have the relevant training in this area, and the views they are likely to give on various matters are bound to be views based on scientific study, rather than guesswork. So just as you would be inclined to consult a financial advisor (for a review) before applying for a credit card, so does it make sense to consult a political scientist before coming up with a new political strategy. It is really very similar to the way you would find it necessary to consult a medical expert/physician before starting a new diet or contraceptive… Now just as we respect those other experts’ opinions (and are ready to pay hefty sums of money for them), so should we respect political scientists’ views, especially in matters to do with political strategy.

Political scientists can tell you whether the political strategy you are coming up with is sound, and what the best way to implement the strategy is. Political scientists, who have a good understanding of voters’ psychologies, can also help in drafting political communication strategies, which the success of political parties depends a great deal on. So you find that many of the mistakes that people make in the management of political parties are on account of having failed to get views from political scientists.

How to Keep in Touch With Your Political Party Members

It is important to ensure that you maintain contact with your political party members. That way, you would have an easy time mobilizing them, whenever you need their support. For instance, if need arises to mobilize your political party members for a demonstration, and you have been maintaining contact with them, you would have a very easy time. Or if an impromptu election is called (say, following the resignation of a sitting MP/congressman), and you have been maintaining contact with your party members, things would be easy for you. You would then have an easy time mobilizing the party members — whom you have been maintaining contact with — to serve as campaigners and election day volunteers for your candidate.

Some of the specific ways in which you can keep in touch with your political party members would include:

  1. Through social media: for instance, you can create a Twitter account or a Facebook group, and encourage your party members to be followers/members. Then you can be updating them on party affairs, and generally maintaining contact with them, through those channels.
  2. Through mainstream media: you can set up a radio station or TV station dedicated to party affairs. Then you can use this channel to maintain contact with the party members — and possibly recruit new ones. (In this era of digital radio/TV, setting up a station is not as expensive as it used to be).
  3. Through a newsletter: you can be mailing a newsletter to the party members on a regular basis, and thereby maintaining contact with them. You can opt for either a print publication of a web-based newsletter. If, for instance, you have a web-based newsletter, there would be a chance of the party members getting to view it while trawling through the Internet for other stuff. For instance, a party member who works at, say, CVS Health may have gone online to check her work stuff on the mycvshr portal. Then, having gotten whatever she wanted, she may decide to browse around in search of other interesting stuff. If you have a web-based newsletter for your party, there would be a chance of her getting to view it then.
  4. Through regular rallies: you must move past the idea of only holding political rallies whenever there are upcoming elections. Instead, it would be better to be holding regular rallies, just to maintain contact with your party members (and possibly recruit new members in the process).

Building Up a Political Party for Posterity

It is possible to build up a political party for posterity. This would be a party that outlives its founders. It would be a party that continues to be in existence for decades, or even for centuries. We have seen political parties — like the GOP and Democratic Party in the US or the Labor Party and Conservatives Party in the UK — that have lasted for centuries. Yet some of the parties that were formed at the same time as the Democratic Party or the GOP in the US never lived beyond a decade. So what is the secret behind the parties that survive and thrive for long? Well, the answer is usually in the fact that the founders of such parties focused on setting up institutions for posterity.

In practical terms, if you want to build up a political party for posterity, you need to:

  1. Write a truly good constitution for the party
  2. Ensure that the party is based on a clear (and appealing) ideology
  3. Ensure that the procedures for electing party officials are good
  4. Ensure that the party holds regular meetings, especially for the officials and the delegates
  5. Establish a well-functioning secretariat for the party

Admittedly, building a political party for posterity is not easy. Initially, the people you establish the party with may not share the same vision with you. Some may view participation in party affairs as a fun way to spend their time. For instance, you may find someone who, having failed to complete the fx networks activate device process, decides to pass by the party secretariat, to spend the spare time there. Needless to say, such individuals are unlikely to have the commitment that is necessary in building a political party for posterity. So you may find yourself having to carry a bigger burden, in terms of responsibility, than other party officials (if you are the one who has the vision of building up a party for posterity). But you should get encouragement in the fact that there is probably no greater joy than that of creating an inter-generational institution – you know, an institution that outlives you.

4 Practical Ways in Which You Can Support a Political Party

While signing up to become a political party member, you are likely to have certain questions. One of those is the question as to what exactly it entails, to be a political party member.  That, in other words, is a question as to what you are likely to be called upon to do, now that you have signed up to be a member of a political party. To address that question, in today’s article, we will be examining some 4 practical ways in which you can support a political party:

  1. By voting for the party’s candidates in elections: a political party expects its members to support the candidates it nominates for election in various posts. It would be an act of great betrayal to support other candidates in elections where your party has candidates. Of course, there are instances where such a course of action is warranted – like, for instance, if the candidate nominated by your party is totally unsuitable.
  2. By campaigning for the party/propagating its ideals: this you can do formally, through rallies, or informally through your chats with other people.
  3. By being a volunteer for the party: this is like where you can volunteer at the party’s events or during election time.
  4. By making financial contributions to the party: it doesn’t matter how much money you have. In other words, you don’t have to be particularly rich, you know, a superPAC, to make financial contributions to a political party of your choice. Nowadays, political parties have web-based funding platforms, which make it possible for people to contribute as little as $5 in support of the parties’ activities. You can even contribute using your credit card. Like if, for instance, you have a Capital One credit card, which you got at, you can use it to contribute to your political party online. Hopefully, you’d have read the capital one mail offer review, before signing up for the credit card. But whether you have a credit card or a debit card, you can use it to contribute funds to your favorite political party online. And as we have noted above, your contribution need not be particularly huge. You just need to give as much as you can afford, and it (combined with other supporters’ contribution) will go a long way towards funding the political party’s activities.

Benefits of Continually Recruiting New Members for Your Political Party

If your political party is to grow, you will need to keep on recruiting new members. Remember, one of the ways in which political party strength is measured is through the membership numbers. A party with many numbers is regarded as a stronger party than one with just a handful of members. Furthermore, a party with more members is likely to do better financially than a party that has just a few members. This is because political party members usually pay membership fees. And a party with many members is obviously likely to raise more money (in terms of membership fees) than one with just a few members.

Here, it is important to understand who the average political party member is. The average political party member is usually a working class person, a person whose finances are difficult. He may, for instance, be someone working at Darden restaurants. This means that he has to visit the Darden login page, to get his paychecks. Yet the state of his finances is likely to be perpetually precarious. For every time he goes to the krowd employee login page, signs in there and checks his paystubs, he is likely to find rather modest earnings, after taxation and other deductions. Yet it is from those modest earnings that he has to pay all his bills, and remain with something to cater for things like political party membership fees payments. So the membership fees to be charged have to be modest. Therefore your focus has to be on recruiting as many members as possible, so as to maximize on the amounts of money you stand to collect through membership fees. It is a volumes vs margins situation.

The objective in recruiting many members for your political party is, of course, not just to maximize on membership fees. There are other benefits. For one, if a party has more members, it means that there are more people to sell its agenda on the ground. And when the time for political campaigns comes, a party with more members will have more volunteers to campaign for its candidates. Then at election time, it will have  more volunteers to protect its vote.