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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (18 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415661501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415661508
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Revolt on the Right is a rich and insightful dissection of Britain's first new major political force in a generation. Ford and Goodwin combine rigorous yet accessible statistical analysis of UKIP's supporters with unprecedented access to party activists and leaders. They paint a detailed portrait of the social forces driving UKIP's emergence and how the party itself has developed to mobilise a new mass electorate. This book is essential reading for anyone looking to understand this fascinating, and potentially disruptive, new force in British politics. Anthony Heath, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford, and Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester

Ford and Goodwin haven’t just talked to everyone who counts and crunched all the data that’s out there. They’ve produced a really approachable book on a party which, by providing disoriented and disillusioned voters with the alternative they’ve been looking for, may well make a big impact at the next election and beyond. Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London, author of The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron

Revolt on the Right is not just a timely and fascinating book; it is also an important one: the first detailed study of one of the most significant developments in modern British politics – the rise of UKIP, which not only taps into popular discontent with the European Union, but has emerged as Britain’s first major non-toxic party to the right of the Conservatives. Peter Kellner, President of YouGov.

An essential analysis of the phenomenon that is UKIP in the run up to the 2015 General Election. Vital for anyone studying modern British politics seriously. Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI.

As the first serious study of the biggest challenge to the political status quo in 30 years, Revolt on the Right will be hard to better. It is both a garish picture of what the British right looks like when it has had one beer too many, and a sympathetic and occasionally touching account of the frustrations of the white working class voters progressive culture and conservative economics have decided they can do without. Nick Cohen, The Observer.

A forensic insight into the explosive rise of Britain's radical right, packed full of compelling research and first-rate analysis. A must-read for all those interested in the state of modern Britain. Owen Jones, columnist for The Independent and author of CHAVS: The Demonization of the Working Class.

This is an outstanding contribution to understanding contemporary politics: a rigorous assessment of the attitudes and demographics of UKIP voters as well as a brilliant story of the people and feuds behind the disorderly rise of a popular movement.

John Rentoul, Chief politicial commentator, The Independent on Sunday

UKIP – a quixotic project to transform UK politics or the catalyst for partisan realignment? Read Ford and Goodwin’s comprehensive and expert analysis before trying to resolve the question. Professor Michael Thrasher, The Elections Centre, Plymouth University, UK.

"This book presents an insightful and highly informative analysis of the most significant independent challenge to the existing party system in England. It is a must read for anyone interested in the future of British politics." John Curtice, Professor of politics at Strathclyde University and a research consultant for ScotCen Social Research.

 "The book is rich in analytical data and contains the occasional anecdotal gem." Kiran Stacey, Financial Times Political Correspondent

"Revolt on the Right is a must-read book for all politicians of the main parties as well as the political commentariat." - Keith Simpson, Conservative MP for Broadland and PPS to the Foreign Secretary

About the Author

Robert Ford is Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK, and tweets @RobFordMancs.

Matthew Goodwin is Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is also Associate Fellow at Chatham House and tweets @GoodwinMJ.


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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Harvey on 16 April 2014
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Ford and Goodwin have produced an extensive and detailed volume on the novel political phenomenon that is UKIP. The degree and depth of their analysis far exceeds anything which has gone before, and this three hundred page book, published in the spring of 2014, could justifiably be considered the definitive work on the rise of UKIP as an electoral force in the twenty years following its birth in 1993.

F & G are keen to identify the types of voters attracted to UKIP, and to this end they make extensive use of statistical analyses to identify the typical UKIP supporter. Their thorough research leads them to dismiss the simplistic journalistic stereotype of UKIP voters largely as disaffected middle class Tories. Yes such people exist in the Party hierarchy, and yes the Party founders may have been of this ilk, but UKIP today is also supported at the ballot box by a very different kind of voter. Those who now vote for Nigel Farage are, on average, lower down the social scale than supporters of any other political Party including Labour. They are the disaffected, the elderly and those hit by the hard economic times. They are the old traditional working class and those who feel their country is morphing into something unrecognizable from the one they grew up in - and is much the worse for all that. UKIP supporters may have started out as EU refuseniks but to this campaign they have added many other anti-establishment woes. Foremost amongst these has been mass immigration, which surged during the Blair years and has continued at a high level ever since. And since all three major parties have been in power for at least some of this period, this has allowed UKIP to exploit its electoral message of ‘a plague on all your houses’ to the whole Westminster establishment.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Rimbaud on 24 Mar 2014
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I would urge readers to ignore the silly one star review above. This is a very balanced and nuanced view of the emergence of Ukip as a serious player within British politics. It traces the party from its emergence in the early Nineties to its current status as a serious player on the electoral scene that is riding high in the polls. Although based on detailed empirical social science research, using electoral data and surveys for example, the authors also seem to have talked to everyone that matters within Ukip itself. The book manages to be objective and scholarly but is also enlivened by some amusing anecdotes so it is far from 'dry' academic research. It also offers a powerful portrayal of the - normally working-class - voters who feel abandoned by the main parties and have become the bedrock of Ukip's support.

This is essential reading for anyone interested in the future of British politics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Dunn on 19 Oct 2014
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While it’s almost impossible to produce such a study without value judgements on the underpinning ideology and policies bring analysed somehow seeping through, this book makes pretty good stab at a dispassionate analysis of where UKIP votes have come from over time.
I love the analogy that up till now many had viewed the regular UKIP success in euro elections as: “like the mythical town of Brigadoon: it emerges from the mist for one day every five years, generates great excitement, but then fades from view again as soon as polling day passes”. However the authors make a convincing case that UKIP are now drawing not just on disaffected Conservative votes but a substantial disenchanted “left behind” blue collar vote that would previously have voted for Labour or even the BNP.
While many have seen this book’s statistical analysis as focusing too much on UKIP’s surprising mounting draw on blue collar Labour voters as a sort of wake up call to Labour that is somewhat unfair. The book also acknowledges the still significant UKIP draw on disenchanted Conservatives (while saying this maybe plateauing), its ability to gain from the collapse in BNP votes, and that they are also picking up votes from those who saw the Lib Dems as the plucky outsiders before they entered government.
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...or how the Labour Party cynically abandoned its traditional working class supporters in search of middle class university educated voters.

This book clarifies why this Labour Party member has left the party. Worth reading to understand why many others have also.

It goes beyond the sneering medias view of UKIP supporters and shows a decent, honest and hard working people who have been patronized at best and ignored at worst by an arrogant cynical political class.
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None of the "big three" come out well from this. Told in straightforward and readable prose backed up by figures.
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I highly recommend this well-researched and evidence-based study of where UKIP came from, who is supporting them and why, as well as how far they may be able to go, particularly given the huge challenge posed to any new, insurgent party by the British `first past the post' electoral system. This is not a polemic. It's scholarly but it's definitely accessible to the general reader who is interested in politics and society. I felt that the authors very effectively concealed any personal feelings that they may have regarding UKIP and its rise. I found the book a little repetitive at times, but maybe this is an unfair criticism; it's a studious work that is at pains to be evidence-based, which maybe makes some repetition necessary.

The book, first published in March 2014, could already do with a little update, given that UKIP's support has since then again soared in the polls and they now have their first MP in Westminster, with quite likely a second to follow in the next couple of weeks.

One of the most interesting chapters, for me, was chapter 3, which looks at the social and political origins of this `revolt on the right'. The authors deal with the change, from around 1964 to the present, in the relative size of the middle class and the working class, leading mainstream political parties, both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, to, on the whole, increasingly marginalise the traditional interests of the latter (strong state intervention to help those in need, redistribution, workers' rights, etc.), in favour of championing the concerns of the burgeoning and influential middle class (issues such as the environment, human rights, civil liberties and global social justice).
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