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February 2015

Revolt on Right is Political Book of the Year

(10 February 2015)

A book co-written by a School of Social Sciences academic has won the Political Book of the Year award at the Paddy Power Political Book Awards.

Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain was written by Dr Robert Ford, a Senior Lecturer in Politics, alongside Nottingham’s Dr Matthew Goodwin. The book describes UKIP’s rise and rise from its founding in 1993 by an LSE history lecturer into what the authors describe as a powerful force on the British electoral scene.

Lord Ashcroft, one of the judges of the awards, commented: “Revolt on the Right is an insightful book which is scholarly and analytical yet accessible and readable at the same time. It is a superbly timed work that does exactly what it says on the tin, charting the reasons for the rise of UKIP as a political force. Once again, I am delighted to have supported this prestigious event.”

Dr Ford said: “I’m very honoured that my work has been recognised by such a prestigious panel of judges. The competition was so stiff - but to have even got this far is a great achievement. I would also like to pay tribute to everyone with whom I collaborated – it was great working with them.”

The book was of one of two books co-authored by Dr Ford to make it onto the shortlist of the awards. The other – an edited volume called Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box - made it onto the Practical Politics Book of the Year shortlist.