The UK Independence Party and the Politics of Englishness

  title={The UK Independence Party and the Politics of Englishness},
  author={Richard Hayton},
  journal={Political Studies Review},
  pages={400 - 410}
  • R. Hayton
  • Published 21 July 2016
  • Sociology
  • Political Studies Review
The rise of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been one of the most dramatic and widely discussed features of British politics in recent years. This article argues that one vital but largely overlooked facet of this phenomenon has been the politics of national identity. It argues that despite UKIP’s ostensibly unionist stance, Englishness is an important pivot around which key elements of the party’s appeal revolve, notably in terms of its Euroscepticism, its opposition to immigration and its… 

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