Conviction Politics

Conviction politics refers to the practice of campaigning based on a politician's own fundamental values or ideas, rather than attempting to represent an existing consensus or simply take positions that are popular in polls.

On the right, the term has been adopted by politicians like Margaret Thatcher, who declared "I am not a consensus politician. I am a conviction politician" upon assuming leadership of the Conservative Party in 1975. On the left, it was vocally supported by Paul Wellstone, whose Wellstone Action now trains future politicians in his theory of conviction politics.

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Conviction Politics - Criticisms
... The conviction politics practiced by George W ... the war on terror and alienated Arab and Muslim public opinion." Critics of Margaret Thatcher's conviction politics say it "burst apart the old consensus" and has "fostered dissensus" ... have gone farther and have said that conviction politics, especially in the US, are "theological politics" ...
Tom Perriello - Conviction Politics
... In announcing his first bid for Congress in 2007, Perriello credited conviction politics for his inspiration to run ... "Conviction politics will make me more effective if I win ... support for controversial votes by his standard of conviction politics ...

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