Exploring authoritarian populism in Britain

Joe Greenwood, Joe Twyman

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This chapter analyses data largescale survey data to identify ideological dispositions as they relate to authoritarian populism in contemporary Great Britain. It identifies five ideological groups with distinct beliefs about Europe, immigration, Britain's place in the world, human rights, and national identity; Right-Wing Populist, Mainstream Populists, Centrist Populists, Moderates, and Left-Wing Progressives. The demographic profiles of these groups are examined, and found to reflect some of the key narratives around the differences between supporters and opponents of Brexit, albeit far from homogenously. Finally, the chapter considers the voting choices of these groups in recent general elections, and it is found that the ideological dispositions they represent have strong and resilient relationships with such behaviour in contemporary Great Britain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAuthoritarian Populism and Liberal Democracy
EditorsIvor Crewe, David Sanders
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030179960, 9783030179991, 9783030179977
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2019


  • authoritarian populism
  • ideology
  • Great Britain
  • voting
  • survey research


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