Different Class? UKIP's Social Base and Political Impact: A Reply to Evans and Mellon

Goodwin, Matthew J. and Ford, Robert (2015) Different Class? UKIP's Social Base and Political Impact: A Reply to Evans and Mellon. Parliamentary Affairs, . ISSN 0031-2290. E-ISSN 1460-2482. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsv012) (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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Abstract

Evans and Mellon's ‘Working class votes and Conservative losses: solving the UKIP puzzle’ seeks to resolve a puzzle: how substantial levels of UKIP support among traditional working class voters, and in Labour-held constituencies, can be reconciled with evidence that a majority of current UKIP supporters recall voting for the Conservatives in 2010. Evans and Mellon (2015, Journal of Parliamentary Affairs, doi:10.1093/pa/gsv005). advance two arguments to resolve this puzzle. First, that the political impact of UKIP has been misunderstood due to a failure to consider long-term political shifts. Second, that the class basis of support for UKIP has been misunderstood due to poor measures of class. We find much to agree with on both of these points. This reply focuses on clarifying our arguments on three issues: the social basis of UKIP support; the role of value divisions and the importance of geography and the electoral system for understanding UKIP's longer-term prospects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: UKIP; Radical right; Elections; Class; Voting behaviour
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Matthew Goodwin
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2016 17:02 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 12:15 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54300 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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