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Drinking alone: local socio-cultural degradation and radical right support—the case of British pub closures

Bolet, Diane (2021) Drinking alone: local socio-cultural degradation and radical right support—the case of British pub closures. Comparative Political Studies, 54 (9). 1653 - 1692. ISSN 0010-4140

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0010414021997158

Abstract

Little is known about how local context influences radical right voting. This paper advances the theory that the degradation of local socio-cultural hubs is linked to radical right support by contributing to loss of community and cultural identity. I examine this thesis by exploiting an original dataset on British community pub closures. I argue that the disappearance of community pubs triggers social isolation and signals the decline of the British working class condition, which is associated with UKIP support. Combining district-level data with UK panel data (2013–2016), I show that individuals living in districts that experience one additional community pub closure (relative to the total number of pubs per district) are more likely to support UKIP than any other party by 4.3 percentage points. The effect is magnified under conditions of material deprivation. This paper highlights the significance of local socio-cultural degradation as a mechanism to explain radical right support.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/home/cps
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2021 09:39
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 03:13
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/108991

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