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Voting Patterns, Party Spending and Space in England and Wales

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  • David Cutts

    (University of Manchester)

  • Don Webber

    () (University of the West of England)

Abstract

There is a growing body of literature which suggests that voting patterns are not independent from space yet few empirical investigations exist which take explicit account of space. This article examines the determinants of voting patterns across constituencies in England and Wales using spatial econometric methods. The results suggest that while socioeconomic factors are key determinants of party vote shares in constituencies, there is strong spatial autocorrelation in voting patterns. We find that each major political party is influenced by space to different extents with the Liberal Democrats visibly exploiting spatial autocorrelation to increase their vote shares.

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  • David Cutts & Don Webber, 2007. "Voting Patterns, Party Spending and Space in England and Wales," Working Papers 0709, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:0709
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    Keywords

    2005 General Election; voting patterns; political party spending; spatial regression;

    JEL classification:

    • R59 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Other
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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