Uneven development provides a spatial template within which political parties can mobilise support based on voters' feelings of relative well-being. In Great Britain, the two main political parties have traditionally based their appeals around the country's class cleavage, with Labour support concentrated among the relatively deprived groups and areas - the two 'two nations' pattern. Recent decades have seen a weakening of this class alignment, with voters' choices increasingly reflecting their perceived economic situations, plus those of their local areas and the country as a whole. Nevertheless, as the analyses reported here for 1995-96 show, the traditional two 'two nations' cleavages remain strong elements of the country's electoral geography.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||European Urban and Regional Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 1997|