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Electoral Shocks: The Volatile Voter in a Turbulent World

Edward Fieldhouse, Jane Green, Geoffrey Evans, Jonathan Mellon, Christopher Prosser, Hermann Schmitt, and Cees van der Eijk


This book offers a novel perspective on British elections, focusing on the importance of increasing electoral volatility in British elections, and the role of electoral shocks in the context of increasing volatility. It demonstrates how shocks have contributed to the level of electoral volatility, and also which parties have benefited from the ensuing volatility. It follows in the tradition of British Election Study books, providing a comprehensive account of specific election outcomes—the General Elections of 2015 and 2017—and a more general approach to understanding electoral change.We exami ... More

Keywords: elections, voters, 2015 General Election, 2017 General Election, Brexit, volatility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198800583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198800583.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Fieldhouse, author
Professor of Social and Political Science, University of Manchester

Jane Green, author
Professor of Political Science and British Politics, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College

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