Explaining Support for the UK Independence Party at the 2009 European Parliament Elections

  title={Explaining Support for the UK Independence Party at the 2009 European Parliament Elections},
  author={Richard Whitaker and Philip Lynch},
  journal={Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties},
  pages={359 - 379}
  • R. Whitaker, P. Lynch
  • Published 1 August 2011
  • Economics
  • Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) achieved its best result in the 2009 European elections, beating the governing Labour Party into second place. Despite its recent success we still know relatively little about who votes for the party and how these supporters compare with those of UKIP's competitors. This article analyses support for UKIP at the 2009 European elections first at the aggregate level, to understand the social and economic context in which the party performs best, and second at the… 

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