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Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the EU

What those troublesome experts have to say.....

"Do not read Brexit – unless you want truth rather than propaganda, objectivity rather than bias and evidence rather than prejudice. Harold Clarke and his team of sleuths have written a book that will still be standing when the post-truth claims of those on both sides of the referendum have rightly crumbled to dust."

-Peter Kellner, former President of YouGov

"Clarke, Goodwin and Whiteley have written what is sure to be a standard reference on Brexit. A wonderfully written history of the rise of UKIP and the Brexit referendum lead to a diverse array of empirical analyses ... Instead of simple explanations, they show the variety of diverse factors that produced the final referendum outcome and discuss the implications for British politics going forward."

-Russell Dalton, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Irvine

"An empirically rich and insightful analysis of the dynamics of the Brexit vote. Essential reading for understanding the social and political forces underlying one of the most important and consequential electoral decisions of our times."

-Lawrence Leduc, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Toronto

'It would be hard to come up with a better line-up of analysts to dig into both the long- and short-term drivers of Britain's decision to leave the EU. Whether you're a Leaver or a Remainer, the vote for Brexit needs explaining - and this is just the book to do it.'

-Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, Queen Mary, University of London

In June 2016, the United Kingdom shocked the world by voting to leave the European Union. As this book reveals, the historic vote for Brexit marked the culmination of trends in domestic politics and in the UK's relationship with the EU that have been building over many years. Drawing on a wealth of survey evidence collected over more than ten years, this book explains why most people decided to ignore much of the national and international community and vote for Brexit. Drawing on past research on voting in major referendums in Europe and elsewhere, a team of leading academic experts analyse changes in the UK's party system that were catalysts for the referendum vote, including the rise of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the dynamics of public opinion during an unforgettable and divisive referendum campaign, the factors that influenced how people voted and the likely economic and political impact of this historic decision.
  • A comprehensive study of Brexit, accessible to general readers, students and academics, combining theoretical and methodological rigour with clear storytelling
  • A balanced critique of existing post-referendum commentaries which challenges the stereotypes which emerged during the referendum campaign from both sides
  • Combines the investigation of key factors which produced the Brexit vote with analyses of how these factors evolved in the months and years before the referendum
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About the Authors

Harold D. Clarke is Ashbel Smith Professor at the University of Texas, Dallas. He is the author of Austerity and Political Choice in Britain (2015) and Affluence, Austerity and Electoral Change in Britain (Cambridge, 2013), among many other books.

Matthew J. Goodwin is Professor of Political Science at the University of Kent and Senior Visiting Fellow at Chatham House, London. He is the author of four books, including Revolt on the Right: Explaining Public Support for the Radical Right in Britain (2014) which was awarded the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year and UKIP: Inside the Campaign to Redraw British Politics (2015). In early 2016 he authored a report that predicted Brexit.

Paul Whiteley is a Professor of Government at the University of Essex and is currently the director for the Centre for the Study of Integrity at the University of Essex. He is the author of eighteen academic books including studies of electoral behaviour, party members and citizenship in Britain.

Copyright © 2017 Matthew J. Goodwin, All rights reserved.

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