Voting patterns, party spending and space in England and Wales

Cutts, D. and Webber, D. J. (2010) Voting patterns, party spending and space in England and Wales. Regional Studies, 44 (6). pp. 735-760. ISSN 0034-3404 Available from:

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There is a growing body of literature which suggests that voting patterns are not independent from space yet few empirical investigations exist which take explicit account of space. This article examines the determinants of voting patterns across constituencies in England and Wales using spatial econometric methods. The results suggest that while socioeconomic factors are key determinants of party vote shares in constituencies, there is strong spatial autocorrelation in voting patterns. We find that each major political party is influenced by space to different extents with the Liberal Democrats visibly exploiting spatial autocorrelation to increase their vote shares.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:2005 general election, voting patterns, political party spending, spatial regression
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
ID Code:15893
Deposited By: Professor D. Webber
Deposited On:02 Nov 2011 14:42
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 08:53

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