(Article of periodic en Anglais - 1981)

Document title

Spatial structural effects in voting behaviour: description and explanation

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



Spatial structural effects in voting behaviour are described for manual workers living in manual areas and for professional and white collar workers living in professional and white collar areas. Using a questionnaire sample of 4, 574 voters derived from the 1977 Western Australian State Election, alternative explanations for such effects are evaluated. Attachment to area, reflected in individual length of residence, helps to explain why area rather than individual norms prevail. This is reinforced to a certain extent by membership of community organizations. However, for some voters, personality differences among individuals within the same social category living within constituencies of different social complexion are likely to confund any spatial structural effect.


Article of periodic

published at : Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie Rotterdam

Editor :

Millesime : 1981, vol. 72, no4 [pp. 214-223]

Bibliographic references : 31 réf.



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