Unemployment, the poll tax, and the British general election of 1992

R. J. Johnston, C. J. Pattie

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The somewhat unexpected Conservative victory in the 1992 British general election was achieved because the party won seats that it could have been expected to lose, given the impacts of its recent policies there. This initial analysis shows that the Conservatives were "punished' by the electorate in constituencies with high unemployment and that the main opposition party, Labour, performed particularly well in areas with high community-charge levels. The "punishment' was insufficiently hard to lead to Conservative losses on the scale needed for a Labour victory. The regional strength developed during the 1980s was not eroded substantially enough to yield a Tory defeat. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-483
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment & Planning C: Government & Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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