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An every man, not for every woman: Nigel Farage and the radical right gender gap

De Geus, R. ORCID: and Ralph-Morrow, E. (2021) An every man, not for every woman: Nigel Farage and the radical right gender gap. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 31 (4). pp. 470-487. ISSN 1745-7297

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17457289.2021.1968410


Support for the populist radical right (PRR) has surged across Europe. Existing studies on female support for the PRR are mostly cross-national in nature and have found that neither social-demographic nor attitudinal differences satisfactorily explain the gender gap in PRR support. Here we focus on the gender gap in support for UKIP and the Brexit Party, two parties that have significantly shaped British politics. Using data covering two European Parliamentary and three General Elections, we show that a gender gap exists in PRR support, but that it varies over time. In line with comparative studies, we find little evidence to suggest that social-demographic or attitudinal differences explain the gender gap in PRR support. Instead, we show that party leadership is crucial. Women in the British electorate hold negative opinions on Nigel Farage and this explains the gender gap in PRR support in Britain

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:100263
Publisher:Taylor and Francis


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