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The New Politics of Class: The Political Exclusion of the British Working Class

Geoffrey Evans and James Tilley


This book argues that the changing shape of the class structure (from a ‘big working class’ to a ‘big middle class’) since 1945 has forced the parties to change, which has both reduced class voting and increased class non-voting. The book develops this argument in three stages. The first shows that there has been enormous social continuity in class divisions. This is done using extensive evidence on class and educational inequality, class identity and awareness, and political attitudes over more than fifty years. The second stage is to show that there has been enormous political change in resp ... More

Keywords: social class, class politics, class voting, class non-voting, British politics, political change, working class, middle class, inequality, political representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755753
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755753.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Evans, author
Professor of the Sociology of Politics, University of Oxford, and Official Fellow in Politics, Nuffield College

James Tilley, author
Professor of Politics, the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford

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