Tag Archives: BNP

What happened to the BNP?

The British political arena has long been an inhospitable place for minor parties. While UKIP is the latest to turn heads, from one election to the next history is littered with failed contenders. Back in the 1980s, it was noted how one of the more significant attempts to challenge the main parties, by the Social Democratic Party, was […]

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Support for the BNP isn’t just about mainstream disaffection, their campaigns are working

This post originally appeared on British Politics and Policy at LSE. Among academics who study elections and political parties, most accept that the way a party campaigns can have important effects on its overall performance. As scholars such as Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie have argued (and shown), amidst the decline of partisanship, the increased volatility and hesitancy of voters, and the […]

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The BNP is Finished as an Electoral Force

Writing in the Guardian Comment is Free, Dr Matthew Goodwin offers his assessment of what the local elections reveal about support for the far right.

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London Matters for the BNP, But Prospects Look Bleak

This post first appeared over at Dr Matt Goodwin’s personal blog. For the British National Party and Nick Griffin, the forthcoming elections in London mark an opportunity to stage a comeback. Taking place against the backdrop of withering electoral fortunes, and a recurring bout of factionalism, the elections signal a chance to put the bad […]

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Explaining support for the far-right

Yesterday, Dr Matt Goodwin gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee on the Roots of Violent Radicalisation. The invitation follows a series of research projects on why some citizens support far right extremists, and which were generously supported by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy and Integrating Global Society funding stream […]

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Why the far-right could prosper in Britain

The Radio 4 programme ‘Four Thought’ recently aired my talk on the prospects for the far right in Britain. A slightly different version was published in the BBC News magazine, while a Kindle edition of my book was also released to coincide with the talk. The aim behind the talk was to challenge the conventional wisdom […]

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How violent is the British far-right?

In the aftermath of the atrocities in Norway, the Economist asked Matt Goodwin to discuss the British far-right in light of the events in Norway. You can watch the interview here.

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The British far-right after Norway

In the aftermath of the atrocities in Norway, the Guardian asked Matt Goodwin to join a roundtable discussion on the far right, with Dan Hodges, journalist Matthew Taylor and Hugh Muir which which you can listen to here.

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How can divisions between communities be closed?

Dr Matthew Goodwin, a member of staff in the School of Politics and International Relations at Nottingham – and the author of New British Fascism, a recently published book on the British National Party – has been interviewed by the Guardian’s Chris Arnot about building stable communities.

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Other ‘polite alternatives’ to the BNP

On June 1 2011, we contributed a post about the extent to which the British National Party, UK Independence Party and the Conservatives were ‘fishing in the same pond’ of voters for their electoral support. We did so on the basis of a 2009 survey, in which respondents were not only asked which party they […]

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