Why do tories defect to UKIP? Conservative party members and the temptations of the populist radical right

Webb, Paul and Bale, Tim (2014) Why do tories defect to UKIP? Conservative party members and the temptations of the populist radical right. Political Studies, 62 (4). pp. 961-970. ISSN 0032-3217

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Abstract

This research note draws on a new survey to reveal a widespread willingness among current Conservative Party members in Britain to countenance voting for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) at future general elections. Those most likely to do so are cultural conservatives, but they are not overly right-wing on the distributional dimension of politics. They are particularly concerned about immigration and the European Union, do not feel valued or respected by their own leadership and even regard David Cameron – their own party leader and the country's prime mnister – as ideologically more remote from them than UKIP. This serves to illustrate some of the strategic dilemmas facing centre-right parties confronted by populist right challengers.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science
Depositing User: Paul Webb
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 08:55
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2015 08:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49134
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