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The UK 2019 election: defeat for Labour, but strong support for public ownership

The UK 2019 election: defeat for Labour, but strong support for public ownership

Hall, David (2020) The UK 2019 election: defeat for Labour, but strong support for public ownership. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

Despite the large Conservative majority in the election, direct surveys of voters show that Brexit and leadership were the key issues influencing the way people voted, not party policies on public ownership.

On the contrary, opinion polls show that a substantial majority of UK voters support nationalisation and public sector operation of post, water, energy, rail and buses utilities - as proposed in the Labour party manifesto. Moreover, this majority support is very consistent across all age groups, regions, class, income, gender, and ethnicity. It also extends across political parties; Conservative voters support public ownership in rail and water, and Lib Dem voters favour public ownership in energy, buses and post too.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: UK, election 2019, Labour Party, Nationalisation, Privatisation, public ownership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 16:42
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26848

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