Jonathan Wheatley

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    The end of the old order? From left-right to open-closed politics

The end of the old order? From left-right to open-closed politics

Jonathan Wheatley explains the shifting positions of voters on economic matters and matters of culture. He writes that between 2015 and 2017 support for Britain’s main parties became much more predicated on issues of culture and identity, reflecting a radical change in how parties attract voters. This shift may lead to a restructuring of the UK party system and […]

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    The polarisation of party supporters since 2015 and the problem of the ’empty centre’ – in maps

The polarisation of party supporters since 2015 and the problem of the ’empty centre’ – in maps

Following up from his 2015 analysis on the economic and cultural positions of party supporters in England, Jonathan Wheatley uses 2017 data and finds that party supporters have become far more polarised. He also finds that there is a gap in the middle, occupied possibly by large numbers of undecided voters. It is that ’empty centre’ on the economic […]