Variations in Third/Minor Party Support in English Constituencies: One-Party Dominance and Community Cohesion Perspectives
International Business and Management
European Journal of Political Research
The paper presents an ecological analysis evaluating two explanatory perspectives on third/minor party advances in recent English general elections. The impact of community cohesion on third/minor party mobilisation is complex and differentiated. Cohesion stemming from the socio-economic homogeneity of constituency environments tends to buttress support for the two main class-based parties. However, communal cohesion stemming from workplace-residence proximity tends to favour the channeling of collective protest into third/minor parties. Third/minor party advances are also shown to be positively related to prior situations of major party dominance in constituencies, particularly in the 1983 election. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Eagles, Munroe and Stephen Erfle. "Variations in Third/Minor Party Support in English Constituencies: One-Party Dominance and Community Cohesion Perspectives." European Journal of Political Research 23, no. 1 (1993): 91-116.