School of Politics and International Relations

The leader of a new party can’t come from the same old politics

11 January 2019

An opinion piece in The Times Red Box about a new political party looking for a new leader cites an analysis of the British Election Study by School of Politics and International Relations PhD student Nick Barlow. The article reads: “Analysis… shows that ‘people who think of themselves as being in the centre have views that tend away from the moderate and more towards the economic left and the authoritarian right.’ In fact, that analysis doesn’t just hold of centrists, it’s also true of the population as a whole. ‘Voters’ views tend towards the ‘authoritarian’ and ‘left’ sides rather than clustering around the middle.’”