Values, Voice and Virtue


Through a series of upheavals, Britain’s liberal establishment has been outflanked and a new alliance of voters has emerged, weakening the traditional divide between left and right. In trying to make sense of this, many commentators have turned to short-term explanations: dark money, the recession, the personalities of party leaders. But, as political scientist Matthew Goodwin reveals in this study, the remarkable turbulence of recent years has been a long time in the making – and it is set to continue for many years to come. Embarking on a profound and ranging analysis of postwar British politics, Goodwin shows how the liberalising projects of the Thatcher and Blair years gave rise to new, cultural divides – over ‘values,’ ‘voice,’ and ‘virtue’ – which have now begun to define political debate and determine elections.

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‘Forceful … The fundamental thrust of Goodwin’s argument is right … a new centre ground of British politics is being formed – even if both parties have yet to fully comprehend it’ The Times

*A bold new theory for our ongoing political instability, from the co-author of the Sunday Times bestseller National Populism*

What has caused the recent seismic changes in British politics, including Brexit and a series of populist revolts against the elite? Why did so many people want to overturn the status quo? Where have the Left gone wrong? And what deeper trends are driving these changes?

British politics is coming apart. A country once known for its stability has recently experienced a series of shocking upheavals. Matthew Goodwin, acclaimed political scientist and co-author of National Populism, shows that the reason is not economic hardship, personalities or dark money. It is a far wider political realignment that will be with us for years to come. An increasingly liberalised, globalised ruling class has lost touch with millions, who found their values ignored, their voices unheard and their virtue denied. Now, this new alliance of voters is set to determine Britain’s fate.

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Weight 202 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.5 cm










941.085 (edition:23)


College – higher education / Code: F


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