In striking contrast to results from some other countries such as the USA, Britain’s ethnic minorities are just as likely as their white British fellow-citizens to identify with a political party—overwhelmingly the Labour Party. Minorities continue to show much higher levels of party identification with Labour than does the rest of the electorate, while the black groups show even higher levels of Labour partisanship than do South Asian groups. These differences cannot be explained by differences in socio-economic status or ideology. The remarkable level of Labour allegiance can best be explained by enduring collective norms, feelings of fraternal relative deprivation and group processes leading to ethnic group contextual effects. These ethnic group contextual effects seem to be stronger for those with greater ethnic group bonding social capital.
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