People, attitudes, milieux and votes: an exploration of voting at the 1983 British General Election

R. J. Johnston, C. J. Pattie

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Abstract

Traditional models of electoral behaviour in Britain see political attitudes as a function of class position, which in turn are reflected in the voter's choice. Recent analyses have suggested that the link between class and attitudes has become much weaker and that voters are more volatile in their party choices. At the same time, there is evidence of a growing spatial polarization in electoral behaviour, which suggests links between place, attitude formation and voting, independent of class location. This paper explores those links in 1983, and shows that in some cases milieu was a significant influence on voting behaviour. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-323
Number of pages21
JournalTransactions - Institute of British Geographers
Volume13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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