In the 1950s and 1960s, the dominant view in the Anglo-American democracies was that electoral geography was unimportant because improvements in mass communications had produced a national electorate (Agnew, 1987; Rose and McAllister, 1990). Although a geography of the vote was recognised (party support varied from place to place), there was, it was claimed, no geography of electoral behaviour. Individuals in the same social groups would vote the same way no matter where they lived. Electoral geography was an outcome of social geography. But the orthodoxy since the 1980s has shifted back to a recognition of geography's electoral role. Voters, recent research suggests, are influenced not just by who they are (their social class, party affiliation and so on) but also by where they are - by what is happening around them.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
- Ecological analysis
- Electoral cartography
- Electoral geography