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Place matters: analyzing the roots of political distrust and Brexit narratives at a local level

Olivas Osuna, José Javier, Kiefel, Max and Gartzou-Katsouyanni, Kira (2020) Place matters: analyzing the roots of political distrust and Brexit narratives at a local level. Governance. ISSN 0952-1895

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Identification Number: 10.1111/gove.12545

Abstract

Based on comparative qualitative research in five local authority areas, this article argues that local context is key to understanding the roots of the U.K.’s crisis of political trust and the result of the 2016 E.U. referendum. The competing cultural and economic causes of discontent suggested by the literature were found to be deeply intertwined when analyzed from a local perspective. The sense of political disempowerment and negative attitudes toward migration were ingrained in and reinforced by locally specific socio-economic and political trajectories. These experiences were articulated and amplified by dominant discourses, which channeled frustration against the political elite and the E.U. These populist narratives, promoted by the Leave campaign and the tabloid press, became dominant in certain areas, decisively shaping citizens’ voting behavior. Overall, the article highlights the value of studying how local experiences and interpretations mediate the interplay of cultural and economic causes of discontent and political distrust

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14680491
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2020 13:15
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2021 08:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/106494

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