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Chapter 9: Social Class and Voting
Social Class and Voting
After many years appearing to be in decline, the politics of class is now receiving renewed attention. In the wake of the financial crisis of 2007–2008, the emergence of radical right parties in many European societies and, most recently, in the shock results of Brexit in Britain and Trump in the USA, all of which have seen class divisions expressed in the polling booth, class is once again central to understanding politics. In this chapter I review research into class voting across many decades and many countries, elaborating the debates and directions the topic has taken and may take in the future.
First, what is class voting? Most obviously it refers to ...