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Junior coalition parties in the British context: Explaining the Liberal Democrat collapse at the 2015 general election

Johnson, C and Middleton, AF (2016) Junior coalition parties in the British context: Explaining the Liberal Democrat collapse at the 2015 general election Electoral Studies.

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Abstract

The Liberal Democrats’ performance in the 2015 general election provides an opportunity to examine the only case in the post-war period of a national junior coalition partner in British politics. Comparative research highlights competence, trust and leadership as three key challenges facing junior coalition parties. This article uses British Election Study data to show that the Liberal Democrats failed to convince the electorate on all three counts. The article also uses constituency-level data to examine the continued benefits of incumbency to the party and the impact of constituency campaigning. It finds that while the incumbency advantage remained for the Liberal Democrats, it was ultimately unable to mitigate the much larger national collapse.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Johnson, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Middleton, AFUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 September 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.electstud.2016.05.007
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Coalition, Junior Parties, Trust, Valence Politics, Incumbency, Campaigning
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Jun 2016 09:31
Last Modified : 13 Jun 2016 09:31
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810986

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