All I'm asking, is for a little respect: assessing the performance of Britain's most successful radical left party

Peace, T. (2013) All I'm asking, is for a little respect: assessing the performance of Britain's most successful radical left party. Parliamentary Affairs, 66(2), pp. 405-424. (doi:10.1093/pa/gsr064)

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Abstract

This article offers an overview of the genesis, development and decline of the Respect Party, a rare example of a radical left party which has achieved some degree of success in the UK. It analyses the party's electoral fortunes and the reasons for its inability to expand on its early breakthroughs in East London and Birmingham. Respect received much of its support from Muslim voters, although the mere presence of Muslims in a given area was not enough for Respect candidates to get elected. Indeed, despite criticism of the party for courting only Muslims, it did not aim to draw its support from these voters alone. Moreover, its reliance on young people and investment in local campaigning on specific political issues were often in opposition to the traditional ethnic politics which have characterised the electoral process in some areas.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Peace, Dr Timothy
Authors: Peace, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0031-2290
ISSN (Online):1460-2482
Published Online:12 January 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Author
First Published:First published in Parliamentary Affairs 66(2): 405-424
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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