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Revealed: The most important political trend of our time

New research shows just how important the education divide is in western politics

This article by by Peter Franklin for UnHerd dated 20th May commences with these words:

Want to understand the last fifty years of democratic politics? Then read this new paper by Amory Gethin, Clara Martínez-Toledano and Thomas Piketty.

It investigates a familiar hypothesis, which is that the most ‘highly’ educated voters are increasingly trending Left, with a corresponding shift of non-graduates to the parties of the Right.

The remarkable thing about the research is just how far it goes in showing that this shift is not only true, but overwhelmingly more important than any other comparable development in voter preferences.

For a start, the researchers use data drawn from 21 western nations — enabling them to demonstrate that the phenomena they describe are truly international. In a paper bursting with charts, two in particular stand out.

For a copy of this article by Peter Franklin in pdf, please click here:

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For the 150 page "paper" in pdf by Amory Gethin, Clara Martínez-Toledano and Thomas Piketty, please click here:

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