Study of radical right is political book of year

March 3rd, 2015

A book co-written by a Nottingham academic has won the prestigious Political Book of the Year award in the Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015.

Since its release in March 2014, Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain, by Nottingham’s Dr Matthew Goodwin and Manchester’s Dr Rob Ford, was reviewed in almost every national newspaper, described in The Spectator as “one of the most important books on British politics for years” and in The Times as “the book to arm yourself with for those dinner parties when the talk turns to politics”.

It was mentioned in more than 170 national newspaper articles on British politics and was also cited in speeches by the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, and the two Conservative Members of Parliament who defected to UKIP, Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless.

Goodwin and Ford were also awarded the Political Studies Association Communicator Prize for their efforts to share the research findings widely.

Dr Goodwin said: “I am delighted to receive this award, with my co-author Robert Ford. We wanted to deliver a book that was anchored in rigorous research but which is also accessible to a wide audience. I would like to thank both The University of Nottingham and Routledge for their support throughout the project.”

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