Party Allegiance Research Paper

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PPR 223: THE UNITED KINGDOM: State, Politics and Policies Taught by Mark Garnett Essay “If social class no longer determines party allegiance in the UK, what does?” Tim Müller Born: 25/05/1992 Library card number: 33260699 In the following essay I’m trying to answer the question ‘If social class no longer determines party allegiance in the UK, what does?’. First of all I will talk about the era where the electorate in the UK definitely was aligned to either one or the other of the big parties. There was not just allegiance to parties due to class, Partisan Alignment was another big issue which related the voters to political parties. Furthermore there were other social reasons for party allegiance like gender, age, religion and…show more content…
Things which convince the majority of today’s voter in the United Kingdom are not really the long-term policies of the parties, or any alignment to parties. As a mentioned before even the class system is not that important anymore, therefore it is not a main reason to vote for the party which used to be the one related to the voter’s class. It is much more likely that the voting public decides what to vote influenced by so-called short-term factors. Another term which is used is issue-voting so the electorate decides new for every single election what are now at the moment the policies I want to support. A voter could switch from voting for the Conservatives to vote for the Labour Party at the next election because they decide according to single issues. In general the public today is not really aligned to parties anymore. I would say that party allegiance is something which is nearly vanished in Britain’s voting behavior. There are still groups which are strongly related to one or the other party but that is not as common as was in the 50s and 60s. The important things today are which party has at the moment the right promises for the single voter and which party is better in delivering policy goals. To conclude I would say that neither Partisan Alignment nor party allegiance related to class is what convinces the electorate of the presence. For sure both of these factors are still there in the voting behavior of the United Kingdom but very rare. The modern, educated and open-minded voters do not want to be related to a party because of their social class, they want to decide completely uninfluenced by social factors which party they vote
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