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

Ron Johnston*, Charles Pattie

*Corresponding author for this work

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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 voters at 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 in the country? This book explores these questions by placing the analysis of electoral behaviour into its geographical context. Using information from the latest elections, including the 2005 General Election, the book shows how both voters and parties are affected by, and seek to 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.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages360
ISBN (Electronic)9780191699238
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2011

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  • Elections
  • Electoral behaviour
  • Electoral participation
  • Local forces
  • National forces
  • Party support
  • Voting


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