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Labour faces important strategic challenges as new social cleavages emerge

Shaw, Eric (2014) Labour faces important strategic challenges as new social cleavages emerge. British Politics and Policy at LSE (28 May 2014). Website.

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How do voters decide on which party to support? Eric Shaw explains that, rather than being ‘rational’, most people follow cognitive short-cuts, reaching conclusion on the basis of their perceptions of economic competence and the quality of party leadership. Labour faces issues on both of these counts: Ed Miliband is widely regarded as a weak leader and the public has largely accepted the coalition’s frame; namely, that Labour was responsible for crashing the economy. Moreover, new patterns of social attachment have emerged, reshaping both political and policy preferences. Norms, lifestyles and ethnicity have replaced class as key markers, presenting important strategic challenges for Labour.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 09:15
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 19:32

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