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Title: The far right in the UK : the BNP in comparative perspective : examining the development of the British National Party within the context of UK and continental far right politics
Author: Anderson, Richard Paul
ISNI:       0000 0004 2720 074X
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2011
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This thesis examines through the means of a comparative perspective, factors which have allowed the British National Party to enjoy recent electoral success at the local level under the leadership of party chairman Nick Griffin. Such electoral successes have arisen despite the seemingly relative obscurity of the party at the turn of the century. A number of different aspects are examined in order to achieve this aim. The history of the far right in the UK is examined to establish whether the BNP have changed their stance in comparison to previous far right movements. The BNP are also investigated comparatively with other West European parties who have enjoyed national success, as a means of discovering whether the party are similar to their far right neighbours and why they have not enjoyed similar national success. The press coverage of the BNP is examined at a local and national level, using content analysis and the LexisNexis database. The thesis looks at the role played by the BNP in local elections and the decline of participation in political activity, to establish if there is a link between these two factors. Finally a case study is taken of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, to establish directly if any of the above factors can be directly applied to BNP electoral success in this district. The research discovers that there are opportunities for the BNP to establish a connection with the electorate in local politics which are not necessarily available at times of general election.
Supervisor: Espindola, Roberto. ; Baimbridge, Mark J. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: British National Party (BNP) ; UK Politics ; European politics ; Comparative politics ; Far right ; Racism ; Griffin, Nick ; Electoral success