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Defeat of the People’s Army?: the 2015 British general election and the UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Cutts, David; Goodwin, Matthew; Milazzo, Caitlin

Authors

David Cutts

Matthew Goodwin

Caitlin Milazzo



Abstract

The 2015 general election in Britain saw a major attempt by a relatively new party - the UK Independence Party (UKIP) - to secure elected representation. While UKIP received nearly four million votes, the party left the 2015 general election with just one Member of Parliament. Our evidence, drawn from analysis of British Election survey data and in-depth qualitative interviews with activists, suggests that UKIP’s campaign was a major factor in its inability to translate widespread support into elected representation. While the party pursued a targeted campaign, this had only a modest impact on its own vote. UKIP’s lack of resources, inexperience and inability to operationalize highly effective, targeted local campaigns severely hamstrung the party and prevented it from converting support into MPs at Westminster.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Electoral Studies
Print ISSN 0261-3794
Electronic ISSN 0261-3794
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Cutts, D., Goodwin, M., & Milazzo, C. (in press). Defeat of the People’s Army?: the 2015 British general election and the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Electoral Studies, doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2017.03.002
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2017.03.002
Keywords voting; elections; radical right; United Kingdom; campaign
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261379416300154
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0
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