The new politics and the new social-movements - accounting for British exceptionalism

Rootes, Christopher (1992) The new politics and the new social-movements - accounting for British exceptionalism. European Journal of Political Research, 22 (2). pp. 171-191. ISSN 0304-4130. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Central to the 'new politics' is the increased salience of non-material issues and a heightened concern with participation. 'New social movements' and 'new politics' parties are contingent manifestations of this new politics, which is also manifest in changed orientations toward established political parties. In most respects, the British appear no less well-disposed toward the 'new politics' than their European neighbours. Yet Britain is distinguished by the absence of either a radical ecology movement or a successful 'new politics' party. British exceptionalism is explained by institutional arrangements which constrain the environmental movement toward integration rather than opposition, and an electoral system which polarises political competition and inhibits the development of new parties. One consequence is the preservation of the Labour Party as a beneficiary of, and vehicle for, the expression of much political dissent. As a result, in Britain the 'new politics' is to an unusual degree combined with 'old politics'.

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Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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