This book examines the increasing territorialisation of party competition and the relaxation of unitarian rule through devolution, presenting a long-term analysis of electoral developments in the United Kingdom since the end of the Second World War.
Subsequently, the book looks into the undermining of the traditional majoritarian mode of British government as a result. It analyzes the significant role of these long-term developments and their detrimental effect on the parliament’s ability to resolve issues like the Scottish Independence Referendum or the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, and it addresses their underlying causes. The author additionally reconnects these electoral developments to the changing nature of devolution and shows how the deepening of devolution accelerates the negative electoral consequences for the British system of government. Finally, the book shows why the British Labour Party is turning more and more into a long-term minority party as a result of these developments.
The book is a must-read for scholars, students and policy-makers, interested in a better understanding of comparative politics and devolution in general, as well as in the more specific case of the United Kingdom’s electoral system.
Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: The principles of majoritarian government.- Chapter 3: The structure of party competition in the United Kingdom.- Chapter 4: Devolution as a challenge to political order.- Chapter 5: Measuring the territorial dimension of party competition.- Chapter 6: The development of regional competition.- Chapter 7: Unequal chances- party competition in the era of Territorialisation.- Chapter 8: Territorialisation as a threat to political order references.
Tim Niendorf is a lecturer and research assistant at the Chair of Political Theory and History of Political Ideas at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Germany). Prior he was employed in the same position at the Chair of Comparative Politics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University. His teaching and research focuses on political parties in Germany and the UK, the comparative study of democratic institutions, as well as British and American politics.
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Collana: Springer Series in Electoral Politics
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 471 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:2 Illustrations, black and white
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