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Party politicisation of the environment in Britain

Carter, N. (2006) Party politicisation of the environment in Britain. Party Politics, 12 (6). pp. 747-767. ISSN 1354-0688

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The impact of the environment on established political parties, especially in polities without an electorally successful green party, is surprisingly under-researched. This article provides a theoretically informed and empirically comprehensive analysis of the party politicization of the environment in Britain. Four hypotheses are developed, drawn from the party competition and ‘new politics’ perspectives, which predict the response of the three major British parties to environ-mental issues. These hypotheses are tested against a range of quantitative and qualitative sources, notably the Manifesto Research Group and expert survey data. Party politicization of the environment is found to be limited, but there are important variations in party responses. Party competition is critical in explaining these responses. However, the ‘new politics’ insight that the environmental issue dimension cuts across the traditional left–right cleavage identifies ideology as a further signifi-cant constraint on the willingness of established parties to embrace this issue.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2009 16:21
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2009 16:21
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354068806068599
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1354068806068599
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7158

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