Putting Voters in Their Place: Geography and Elections in Great Britain

Paperback | November 12, 2006

byRon Johnston, Charles Pattie

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Why do people living in different areas vote in different ways? Why does this change over time? How do people talk about politics with friends and neighbours, and with what effect? Does the geography of well-being influence the geography of party support? Do parties try to talk to all votersat election time, or are they interested only in the views of a small number of voters living in a small number of seats? Is electoral participation in decline, and how does the geography of the vote affect this? How can a party win a majority of seats in Parliament without a majority of votes inthe country? Putting Voters in their Place explores these questions by placing the analyusis of electoral behaviour into its geographical context. Using information from the latest elections, including the 2005 General Election, the authors show how both voters and parties are affected by, and seekto influence, both national and local forces. Trends are set in the context of the latest research and scholarship on electoral behaviour. The book also reports on new research findings.

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Why do people living in different areas vote in different ways? Why does this change over time? How do people talk about politics with friends and neighbours, and with what effect? Does the geography of well-being influence the geography of party support? Do parties try to talk to all votersat election time, or are they interested only...

Ron Johnston is Professor of Geography at the University of Bristol. One of the best known human geographers in the world, he has published many books and papers on political geography, urban geography, and the history and philosophy of human geography. Charles Pattie is Professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield. He has pu...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 9.06 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:November 12, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of FiguresList of TablesList of Abbreviations1. Models of VotingSociological ModelsResponsive Voter ModelsFrom 'Normal' to Responsive VotersTo Vote or Not to VoteThe Contemporary Pattern of VotingConclusions2. Bringing Geography InContext and ScaleBringing Context InConclusions3. The Geography of Voting: Regions, Places, and NeighbourhoodsThe Problem of DataThe Aggregate Pattern: Variations by ConstituencyCombining Constituency and Survey DataA North-South Divide in Voting Patterns in the 1980s?Moving Down a Scale--or TwoConclusions4. Talking Together and Voting TogetherTalking Together and Voting Together?Measuring the Conversation Effect DirectlyWho Talks Politics?The Impact of Political ConversationPolitical Conversation and Attitude ChangeConclusions5. The Local Economy and the Local VoterIt's the Economy, Stupid: Economic VotingMeasuring the Economic Vote: Which Economy?Economic Evaluations and the Economic VoteGovernment Responsibility and the Economic VoteEndogenous Economic Voting?Economic Geography and Economic VotingLocal Economic Geographies and Perceptions of Economic PerformanceLocal Economic Evaluations and Electoral GeographyHow Local is Local?Conclusions6. Party Campaigns and Their ImpactThe National CampaignThe Constituency CampaignMeasuring Constituency CampaigningThe Impact of the Local CampaignThe Local Campaign: Locally or Nationally Controlled?Constituency Campaigning and the Individual VoterWho Benefits from Constituency Campaigning: Incumbents of Challengers?Conclusions7. To Vote or Not to Vote: The Problem of TurnoutTrends in Turnout over Time: the Growing Problem of Falling Turnout?Who Votes?Turnout and Local ContextMinimizing Participation Costs? Turnout and Distance to Polling StationPersonal Turnout and the Actions of OthersSummarizing the Contextual Effect on TurnoutConclusions8. Votes into SeatsAccounting for DisproportionalityNot only Disproportional but also BiasedThe Making of a Geography: Constituency Definition in the UKGeography, Disproportionality, and BiasBias Decomposition and the Geography of the VoteConclusionsAppendix: The British Election StudyReferencesIndex