Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain

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Routledge, Mar 17, 2014 - Political Science - 318 pages

Winner of the Political Book of the Year Award 2015

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is the most significant new party in British politics for a generation. In recent years UKIP and their charismatic leader Nigel Farage have captivated British politics, media and voters. Yet both the party and the roots of its support remain poorly understood. Where has this political revolt come from? Who is supporting them, and why? How are UKIP attempting to win over voters? And how far can their insurgency against the main parties go? Drawing on a wealth of new data – from surveys of UKIP voters to extensive interviews with party insiders – in this book prominent political scientists Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin put UKIP's revolt under the microscope and show how many conventional wisdoms about the party and the radical right are wrong. Along the way they provide unprecedented insight into this new revolt, and deliver some crucial messages for those with an interest in the state of British politics, the radical right in Europe and political behaviour more generally.


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A very good, relatively concise look at the rise, development of, social changes supporting, & voter intentions of the United Kingdom Independence Party. Starting from its roots as an academic protest ... Read full review

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UKIP have made an impact on British politics equalled only by the SDP in living memory. In just over 20 years they’ve risen from a group of academics clueless about the mechanics of politics to an ... Read full review


1 A singleissue pressure group
2 Becoming a serious contender
a long time coming
4 The social roots of the revolt
5 The motive for rebelling
6 Overcoming the barriers to entry
7 The paradoxes and potential of UKIPs revolt
Data and methods analysing UKIPs voters

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Robert Ford is Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK, and tweets @RobFordMancs.

Matthew Goodwin is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is also Associate Fellow at Chatham House and tweets @GoodwinMJ.

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