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Analysing vote choice in a multi-national state: national identity and territorial differentiation in the 2016 Brexit vote

Henderson, Ailsa, Poole, Ed Gareth, Wyn Jones, Richard, Wincott, Daniel, Larner, Jac and Jeffery, Charlie 2020. Analysing vote choice in a multi-national state: national identity and territorial differentiation in the 2016 Brexit vote. Regional Studies , http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2020.1813883. 10.1080/00343404.2020.1813883
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Abstract

Striking territorial variations in the 2016 Brexit referendum are neglected in the explanatory literature, a gap our analysis of British Election Study helps to fill. Rather than modelling Britain as one political system, we present parallel models for England, Scotland and Wales. Typical in other multi-national states, this approach is innovative for ‘British politics’. To analyse complex multi-level national identities, we develop a Relative Territorial Identity (RTI) measure. Substantively, RTI predicts Brexit vote-choice. Since voters who prioritise English identity tended to vote Leave, while the obverse was true in Wales and Scotland, RTI helps to explain territorial differentiation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: ?? LAWPL ??
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0034-3404
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 August 2020
Date of Acceptance: 10 August 2020
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020 20:54
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/106262

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