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Trends in local elections in Britain.

Denver, David T. and Rallings, Colin and Thrasher, Michael (2005) Trends in local elections in Britain. Local Government Studies, 31 (4). pp. 393-413. ISSN 1743-9388

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Abstract

Five aspects of local elections in Britain over a thirty year period are examined. First, the process of party politicisation has seen the growth of more three-party systems whilst in parts of the Celtic fringe electors may have a choice of at least four parties. The increase in party candidates has had an important impact on the second aspect considered, that of uncontested seats. In some areas, particularly in the larger towns and cities, lack of contestation has not been significant. In remaining areas the trend has been towards increased competition and challenge for council seats. The third aspect is electoral turnout, where a recent decline has prompted considerable debate. However, the benefit of a longitudinal study is to provide historical perspective. The data show fluctuations in turnout but no 'golden age' where participation rates were significantly higher than in the modern era. The fourth and fifth aspects are the distribution of votes and seats respectively. The two-party vote share has declined and voters appear more prepared to support minor party candidates. In turn this has contributed to a growth in the variety of party systems in local government.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Local Government Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 14208
Deposited By: Mrs Janet Harris
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2008 13:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/14208

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