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Austerity, Politics, and Partisanship in the UK

  • Luke Temple
  • Maria T. Grasso
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Abstract

New survey data allows us to unpack how perceptions of economic crisis, class, and objective economic deprivation vary across the UK’s political spectrum. The UK was hit by a weaker recession than Spain or Greece, but its close connection to the financial markets and unprecedented interventions by the government in the economy meant economic management was crucial. In this context, the 2015 general election occurred in the midst of austerity and the ‘weakest economic recovery in recent history’, and yet the party that presided over the implementation of austerity was voted back in with a majority. This analysis helps us disentangle the influences of hard times on voter perceptions: results suggest that one of the most important factors in the UK context was left-right ideology.

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  • Luke Temple
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  • Maria T. Grasso
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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