A conservative revolution? : electoral change in by Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, Gail McElroy

By Michael Marsh, David M. Farrell, Gail McElroy

"A Conservative Revolution?' examines underlying voter attitudes within the interval 2002-11. Drawing on 3 nationwide election stories the e-book follows celebration approach evolution and voter behaviour from increase to bust. those facts allow an remarkable perception right into a social gathering process and its citizens at a time of significant swap, because the kingdom went via a interval of speedy progress to turn into considered one of Europe's wealthiest states in the Read more...


This e-book examines Irish balloting behaviour within the first a long time of this century, with a selected specialize in the 2011 election - an election held at a time of deep monetary crisis. Read more...

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Some of the trends that we identify in this volume were validated in the outcome of that election. The government parties were heavily defeated, with both Labour and Fine Gael recording historically poor performances, and, while relatively new parties did record real gains, so did Fianna Fáil, and, most notably, a plethora of independent candidates, many of whom started life in the old established parties. Just as in 2011, we saw no successful new parties. The vulnerability of the government to the anger of voters over its ‘austerity’ politics was hardly assuaged by the reality of recovery.

Proportions of people supporting each party by left–right self-placement This pattern of defection also fits not just with people’s objective positions in society, but also with their views on left–right ideology. 6 shows the breakdown of each party’s support by left to right groups separately for voters who defected from Fianna Fáil to that party in 2011 and people who consistently supported the party in 2007 and 2011. 12 (from 9 per cent to 23 per cent) in Labour’s share of the skilled working class vote’ (Marsh and Cunningham 2011: 181).

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