The Changing Shape of Politics

Rethinking Left and Right in a New Britain

Authors: Wheatley, Jonathan

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  • Reconceptualises how we understand “left” and “right” in Britain
  • Examines how patterns of party competition in Britain have changed as a result of the 2016 EU referendum
  • Draws from a number of unique sources of public opinion data
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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.

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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 (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Changing Shape of Politics
Book Subtitle
Rethinking Left and Right in a New Britain
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03940-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03940-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03939-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 173
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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