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Class dealignment and the neighbourhood effect: Miller revisited

MacAllister, I., Johnston, R.J., Pattie, C.J., Tunstall, H., Dorling, D.F.L. and Rossiter, D.J. (2001) Class dealignment and the neighbourhood effect: Miller revisited. British Journal of Political Science, 31 (1). pp. 41-59. ISSN 0007-1234


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The concept of a neighbourhood effect within British voting patterns has largely been discarded, because no data have been available for testing it at the appropriate spatial scales. To undertake such tests, bespoke neighbourhoods have been created around the home of each respondent to the 1997 British Election Study survey in England and Wales, and small-area census data have been assembled for these to depict the socio-economic characteristics of voters' local contexts.

Analyses of voting in these small areas, divided into five equal-sized status areas, provides very strong evidence that members of each social class were much more likely to vote Labour than Conservative in the low-status than in the high-status areas. This is entirely consistent with the concept of the neighbourhood effect, but alternative explanations are feasible. The data provide very strong evidence of micro-geographical variations in voting patterns, for which further research is necessary to identify the processes involved.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2001 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Geography (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 09:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007123401000035
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0007123401000035
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1559

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