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Behind the cube rule: implications of, and evidence against a fractal electoral geography

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  • John Maloney

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    (Department of Economics, University of Exeter)

  • Bernard Pearson

    (Department of Economics, University of Exeter)

  • Andrew Pickering

    (Department of Economics, University of Bristol)

Abstract

In 1909 Parker Smith showed that the ratio of seats won by the two major parties in Britain was close to the cube of the ratio of their votes. Taagepera and Shugart argue, wrongly, that a fractal electoral map implies this. In fact their premises imply that the seats’ ratio will be the votes’ ratio to the power of 3 , not 3. However, in the six countries we examine, the figure is between 2 and 3. This implies that the electoral map is nonfractal, political allegiances becoming less ‘clustered’ as you move from a macro to a micro scale. Taking the U.K., we ask if this is due to the geographical pattern of income distribution, and find that this is even further away from fractality than is voting. This fits the well-known ‘chameleon effect’ whereby poor (rich) people in rich (poor) constituencies vote as if richer (poorer) than they really are.

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Paper provided by Exeter University, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 0103.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Keywords: fractal; election; voting; cubic.;

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Cited by:
  1. Selim Ergun, 2008. "From Plurality Rule to Proportional Representation," ThE Papers 08/07, Department of Economic Theory and Economic History of the University of Granada..
  2. John Maloney & Andrew C. Pickering & Kaddour Hadri, 2003. "Political Business Cycles and Central Bank Independence," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 113(486), pages C167-C181, March.

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