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Party Activism in the Populist Radical Right: The Case of the UK Independence Party

Whiteley, Paul and Larsen, Erik and Goodwin, Matthew and Clarke, Harold (2019) 'Party Activism in the Populist Radical Right: The Case of the UK Independence Party.' Party Politics. ISSN 1354-0688

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Abstract

Recent decades have seen an upsurge of interest in populist radical right (PRR) parties. Yet despite a large body of research on PRR voters, there are few studies of the internal life of these parties. In particular there is a dearth of research about why people are active in them. This paper uses data from a unique large-scale survey of United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) members to investigate if drivers of voting support for these parties are also important for explaining party activism. Analyses show that traditional models of party activism are important for understanding engagement in UKIP, but macro-level forces captured in an expanded relative deprivation model also stimulate participation in the party. That said macro-level forces are not the dominant driver of activism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: party activism, party member survey, populism, radical right, UKIP
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 09:39
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 20:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25588

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