Rivalry on the right: The Conservatives, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the EU issue

  title={Rivalry on the right: The Conservatives, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and the EU issue},
  author={Philip Lynch and Richard Whitaker},
  journal={British Politics},
Multi-party politics alters the dynamics of party competition in Westminster elections. In a case study of the Conservative Party and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), theories of niche versus mainstream party competition are used to examine the strategies adopted by a soft Eurosceptic mainstream party and hard Eurosceptic niche party as they compete on the issue of European integration. These theories are also extended to look at how niche parties react to their mainstream competitors… 

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