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The dimensions and impact of political discontent in Britain

The dimensions and impact of political discontent in Britain
The dimensions and impact of political discontent in Britain
Political discontentment remains a pressing issue for UK parliamentary democracy that needs to be better understood. We offer a range of theoretical perspectives on dimensions of political disaffection and seek to measure them with substantially new survey measures that assess how citizens perceive the performance and motivation of politicians. Our results indicate that the public’s critique of politics and politicians takes a number of different forms, which varies in predictable ways across social groups and according to other political and attitudinal measures. Mainstream parties are ensnared by political discontent but other parties can be beneficiaries of it. We show that discontent is at least as important a driver of Ukip’s support as social, cultural, demographic or economic factors
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Jennings, Will
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Jennings, Will
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Stoker, Gerry
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Jennings, Will, Stoker, Gerry and Twyman, Joe (2016) The dimensions and impact of political discontent in Britain. Parliamentary Affairs, 1-29. (doi:10.1093/pa/gsv067).

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Political discontentment remains a pressing issue for UK parliamentary democracy that needs to be better understood. We offer a range of theoretical perspectives on dimensions of political disaffection and seek to measure them with substantially new survey measures that assess how citizens perceive the performance and motivation of politicians. Our results indicate that the public’s critique of politics and politicians takes a number of different forms, which varies in predictable ways across social groups and according to other political and attitudinal measures. Mainstream parties are ensnared by political discontent but other parties can be beneficiaries of it. We show that discontent is at least as important a driver of Ukip’s support as social, cultural, demographic or economic factors

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 November 2015
Published date: 23 January 2016
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 383748
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/383748
ISSN: 0031-2290
PURE UUID: e0ac3180-c461-4b60-9839-ff2ae3055330
ORCID for Will Jennings: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9007-8896
ORCID for Gerry Stoker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8172-3395

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Date deposited: 20 Nov 2015 14:21
Last modified: 05 Jul 2022 01:42

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Author: Will Jennings ORCID iD
Author: Gerry Stoker ORCID iD
Author: Joe Twyman

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