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The British party system – or systems: how many on the ground?

Johnston, Ron and Pattie, Charles (2015) The British party system – or systems: how many on the ground? British Politics and Policy at LSE (09 Feb 2015). Website.

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Much is being written about the fragmentation of the British party system in the run-up to the 2015 general election, but little about how that is reflected across the country’s constituencies where the election will be won and lost. To some, a three-party system had developed (four-party in Scotland and Wales) in the decades leading up to the 2010 election, but Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie find this is not the case across constituencies. Instead, England has three two-party systems with the voting in almost all constituencies dominated by just two parties and the other well back in third place. Those three systems – and comparable ones in Scotland and Wales – provide the matrix within which the 2015 election is being fought.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 13:17
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 19:56

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