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Institutionally homophobic? Political parties and the substantive representation of LGBT people: Westminster and regional UK elections 1945-2011

Chaney, Paul 2013. Institutionally homophobic? Political parties and the substantive representation of LGBT people: Westminster and regional UK elections 1945-2011. Policy & Politics 41 (1) , pp. 101-121. 10.1332/030557312X645793

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Abstract

This article explores the substantive representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in party manifestos in general elections and regional elections in the United Kingdom, 1945–2011. The findings show that while there is some evidence of progress, there is also significant variation in the attention that parties afford to LGBT issues, and a general failure to fully apply international principles and mainstreaming theory in election programmes. It is argued that an 'asymmetrical electoral bargain' applies: parties increasingly court LGBT voters yet often do so in a reductive and limited manner. This suggests that elements of institutionally homophobic practice endure in contemporary electoral politics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Uncontrolled Keywords: ISSUE-SALIENCE; MANIFESTO; SEXUAL ORIENTATION; SUBSTANTIVE REPRESENTATION
Publisher: Policy Press
ISSN: 0305-5736
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:18
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/58349

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