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The UK's Changing Party System: the Prospects for a Party Realignment at Westminster

Sanders, D (2016) The UK's Changing Party System: the Prospects for a Party Realignment at Westminster. University of Essex.

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Abstract

The paper examines the main changes in the UK party system that have occurred in recent decades. It focuses on the decline of party identification and class-based voting, and the unintended consequences of decisions made by political elites. It analyses the fragmentation of contemporary UK political opinion and describes the emergence of a new set of ?political tribes? that cut across old left-right party loyalties, taking particular note of the growth of Authoritarian Populism sentiment. It concludes that a major realignment of the UK party system is already underway and that the changes set in train by past elite decisions and changing public perceptions are likely to continue.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Party Systems; Party fragmentation; Party Identification; Class-based Voting; Authoritarian Populism
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: David Sanders
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 13:01
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 22:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18210

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