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Tesi etd-11042021-114152

Type of thesis
Corsi integrativi di II livello
Author
INGLESE, GAETANO
URN
etd-11042021-114152
Title
Which Workers Vote for the Populist Right? Analysing Class Electoral Behaviour in the 2017 and 2019 UK General Elections
Structure
Cl. Sc. Sociali - Scienze Politiche
Course
SCIENZE POLITICHE - SCIENZE POLITICHE
Committee
relatore Prof.ssa HENRY, BARBARA
Membro Dott. Paolo Gerbaudo
Membro Dott. RAINERI, LUCA
Membro Prof.ssa LORETONI, ANNA
Membro Prof. SOMMARIO, EMANUELE GIUSEPPE
Membro Dott. BRESSANELLI, Edoardo
Membro Prof.ssa CRISTIANI, ELOISA
Membro Prof. DE GUTTRY, ANDREAS M.T.
Membro Prof. PIRNI, ALBERTO EUGENIO ERMENEGILDO
Membro Prof. NATALI, DAVID
Keywords
  • Electoral behaviour
  • Sociodemographics
  • United Kingdom
  • Working-class
Exam session start date
03/12/2021;
Availability
completa
Abstract
The working class’s turn towards the right has been one of the most discussed political phenomena in recent decades. The explanation of this political realignment often adopts a view of the working class as a coherent electoral constituency. Using data from the British Election Study on the 2017 and 2019 elections in the United Kingdom, in this article we show instead that the working-class is divided into different fractions with different electoral preferences. Working-class support for the Conservative party is stronger among production workers, while service workers’ support is significantly less solid. Workers are more likely to vote for the Conservatives if they are homeowners and/or living in rural areas and older in age. These findings point to the continuing importance of structural factors in explaining working-class voting and for a renewed understanding of the internal differences in working-class electoral realignment to the right.
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