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Capture-Recapture Methods and Party Activism in Britain

Cohen, Gidon; Mates, Lewis; Flinn, Andrew

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Andrew Flinn


Capture-recapture methods are of general interest because they can be applied to conventional historical sources to address otherwise intractable questions about the size and dynamics of historical populations. When employed to assess alternative explanations for the long-term trajectory of party activism in Britain—based on data drawn from the South Lewisham Labour Party—they suggest that the falling supply of individuals prepared to become politically involved is more important than the changing demand of parties for activists.


Cohen, G., Mates, L., & Flinn, A. (2012). Capture-Recapture Methods and Party Activism in Britain. The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 43(2), 247-274.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2012
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2012
Publicly Available Date Nov 15, 2021
Journal The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Print ISSN 0022-1953
Electronic ISSN 1530-9169
Publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 2
Pages 247-274


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Copyright Statement
© 2012 by The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Inc.

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