Harassment and intimidation of parliamentary candidates in the United Kingdom

Sofia Collignon, Wolfgang Rüdig

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The use of political violence to attain political goals has long been a source of concern. Once thought to be exclusive to countries with high levels of general violence, recent evidence suggests that harassment and intimidation of political elites in the UK is more widespread than previously thought. Using data from the 2017 general election candidate survey, we find that four in every ten candidates experienced at least one type of harassment. Evidence suggests that women and young candidates are more likely to suffer from harassment and intimidation. We conclude by formulating an agenda for future research, focussing, in particular, on the perception of harassment and the effect of harassment on political careers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-429
Number of pages8
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Issue number2
Early online date1 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020


  • harassment and intimidation
  • electoral candidates
  • campaigns
  • British politics
  • violence in politics
  • women in politics


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