Are Regions Important in British Elections? Valence Politics and Local Economic Contexts at the 2010 General Election

C. J. Pattie, R. J. Johnston, Mariken Schipper, Laura Potts

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Abstract

Pattie C. J., Johnston R. J., Schipper M. and Potts L. Are regions important in British elections? Valence politics and local economic contexts at the 2010 General Election, Regional Studies. Electoral support for major parties is influenced by judgements of economic performance. This helps account for electoral geographies, as economic conditions vary spatially. Past work, concentrating on objective economic indicators or on voters' personal economic evaluations, suggested that contextual effects work most powerfully when very local, suggesting that regional voting trends are artefacts of more intimate geographies. This paper extends that work by examining how voters' decisions are influenced by the economic evaluations of others in their communities and demonstrates that some contextual effects, at least, really are more powerful at the regional than at more local scales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1561-1574
Number of pages14
JournalRegional Studies
Volume49
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2015

Bibliographical note

Date of Acceptance: 09/09/2015

Keywords

  • Economic voting
  • Electoral geography
  • Valence politics

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