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Exploring Variations in Turnout: Constituencies and Wards in the Scottish Parliament Elections of 1999 and 2003.

Denver, David and Hands, Gordon (2004) Exploring Variations in Turnout: Constituencies and Wards in the Scottish Parliament Elections of 1999 and 2003. The British Journal of Politics & International Relations, 6 (4). pp. 527-542. ISSN 1467-856X

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Abstract

Elections for the Scottish Parliament and for all Scottish local authorities were held on the same day in 1999 and 2003, allowing a more detailed exploration of turnout variations than has been possible before. On both occasions, turnout in the two sets of elections was almost identical so that reported ward turnout at local level also indicates ward turnout in the parliament elections. Parliamentary turnout is analysed at both constituency and ward levels. The latter gives us greater confidence in the constituency results and also suggests some relationships which are not apparent at constituency level. The strongest determinant of turnout is consistently found to be the proportion of adults with a degree; religious affiliation, here analysed for the first time at the aggregate level, is also strongly related to turnout.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The British Journal of Politics & International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
ID Code: 39679
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2011 09:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/39679

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