The Rise of the Class Alignment

  • David Butler
  • Donald Stokes


The decline of religion as a basis for partisanship was closely linked with the rise of the new class alignment. The emergence of Labour as a strong and explicitly class-based party was both cause and consequence of the decline of the religious alignment. In this chapter and the next we assess how and when the class alignment emerged and what the long-run implications of its emergence have been for the politics of modern Britain.


Middle Class Working Class Labour Party Downward Mobility Manual Respondent 


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© David Butler and Donald Stokes 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Butler
    • 1
  • Donald Stokes
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Princeton UniversityUSA

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