Date Presented

Spring 4-1-2007

Document Type

Thesis

Access Type

1

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

International Relations

First Advisor

Sabita Manian

Second Advisor

Edward DeClair

Third Advisor

Dan Messerschmidt

Abstract

This thesis seeks to examine the impact of far-Right political parties on the British political system. It cites relevant theories of nationalism and provides a brief historical background to frame the analysis of the present case study. Additionally, the work analyzes the British political system to help explain the inability of extremist parties to win a seat in Parliament. This piece argues that far-Right parties in Great Britain, despite their electoral failures and limited membership, have maintained political legitimacy by recruiting marginalized youth and embracing radical methods. These groups, moreover, could gamer more public support with increases in terrorism, levels of immigration, European integration and a shift in the present voting system.