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Class, consumption and voting: an ecological analysis of wards and towns in the 1980 local elections in England

Warde, A, Savage, M, Longhurst, BJ and Martin, A 1988, 'Class, consumption and voting: an ecological analysis of wards and towns in the 1980 local elections in England' , Political Geography Quarterly, 7 (4) , pp. 339-351.

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Abstract

This paper examines a number of claims about the origins of changing spatial patterns of voting behaviour in Britain. Reporting the results of an ecological analysis of voting behaviour at ward level in the 1980 local elections, it addresses arguments about the effects of class divisions, consumption locations and local political cultures on electoral outcomes. Inference from regression equations suggests: that class remains the most important predictor of election results; that this probably relates to the character of the local environment to which consumption practices make an important contribution; and that there is some evidence for the existence of local political cultures, but that they are of minor importance in a statistical explanation.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
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Journal or Publication Title: Political Geography Quarterly
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02609827
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2012 09:15
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:25
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/20829

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