The Green Party: Emerging from the Political Wilderness?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


In November 2007, the membership of the Green Party in England and Wales voted overwhelmingly in favour of replacing its collective leadership with a more conventional structure of party leader and deputy leader. This organisational change reflected the increasing electoral focus of the Green Party. Despite a dismal record in UK general elections, the Greens have made some electoral advances in second-order elections in recent years and have slowly moved away from the political margins. But can they overcome the plurality vote electoral system to secure an MP at Westminster? This article examines the electoral record of the Greens, analyses why they have struggled to secure electoral success and assesses their future prospects. British Politics (2008) 3, 223-240. doi: 10.1057/bp.2008.5

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-240
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


  • Green Party
  • environment
  • British elections

Cite this