The Changing Shape of Politics: Rethinking Left and Right in a New Britain

The Changing Shape of Politics: Rethinking Left and Right in a New Britain

by Jonathan Wheatley

Hardcover(1st ed. 2019)

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This book investigates whether politics in Britain in the twenty-first century is driven more by issues of culture and identity than by “left versus right” issues of wealth distribution. Drawing from a number of opinion surveys, it explores the shifting positions of voters on both economic matters and matters of culture and identity. It finds that between 2015 and 2017 support for Britain's main political parties became much more predicated on issues of culture and identity, reflecting a radical change in how parties attract voters. In the longer-term, it suggests that issues of culture and identity have become more salient overall, possibly because of the oft-cited divide between winners and losers of globalisation. The book ends by speculating on why politics has become more polarised on these issues, rather than on the economic fallout of globalisation, and suggests that an explanation is to be found in changing forms of political communication between voters and politicians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030039394
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 12/19/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2019
Pages: 173
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jonathan Wheatley is a lecturer in Comparative Politics at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has published widely on democratization in post-communist countries; parties, party systems and political cleavages in both established and developing democracies; and the development and deployment of voting advice applications (VAAs).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: British politics in turbulent times
Chapter 2: Beyond left and right: The end of an old order?
Chapter 3: Patterns of Political Competition
Chapter 4: Towards a more Polarised Britain?
Chapter 5: The European Perspective
Chapter 6: Conclusion. Making sense of it all

Appendix1: Analysis of British Election Study (BES) data
Appendix 2: European Political parties
Appendix 3: Cleaning and Preprocessing VAA-Generated Data
Appendix 4: Mokken Scale Analysis
Appendix 5: Regression Results

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