Did Labour's landslide victory in 1997 mark a critical watershed in British party politics? Did the radical break with 18 years of Conservative rule reflect a fundamental change in the social and ideological basis of British voting behaviour? Critical Elections brings together leading scholars of parties, elections and voting behaviour to provide the first systematic overview of long-term change in British electoral politics.

Race: Towards a Multicultural Electorate?

Race: Towards a multicultural electorate?

In recent years, it has been possible to identify a conventional view of the role played by ethnic minorities1 in Britain's electoral process. This view held that the ethnic minority population, totalling around one-twentieth of the general population, remained relatively weak and politically isolated on the British electoral landscape. The reasoning was largely based on a combination of demographic analysis (there are too-few-to-matter, it was said) and constituency-level analysis (where sizeable concentrations exist they tend to be in overwhelmingly safe seats). In addition, it was thought that the minority community's historic electoral allegiance to the Labour Party could, over the long term, only serve to weaken its political leverage by encouraging Labour to take such support ...

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