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Title: Identification, interests and influence : voting behaviour in four English constituencies in the decade after the Great Reform Act
Author: Radice, Paula Kim Vandersluys
ISNI:       0000 0001 3504 2938
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1992
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This study - based on the four constituencies of Leicester, Guildford, Durham City and North Durham - examines voter behaviour, both in aggregate and at the level of the individual, in the ten or so years after the Reform Act of 1832. The impact of Reform on levels of participationt on the transmission of political (and social) values through language and behaviour, and on voters' attachment to a party-based model of political identifications are central focuses, analysed statically and - by employing computer-assisted nominal record linkage - longitudinally. The methodology of the record linkage process (here, between runs of pollbooks, and between the pollbooks and other sources of data such as ratebooks and denominational membership lists) is made explicit. Detail is also given of the contextual framework within which voter behaviour took shape, since, as is demonstratedg only the specific events, languaget candidate structures and "influence"-wielding of specific contests in unique constituencies can fully explain the significance of voting patternsg especially given the subtleties of the double-vote system through which all four electorates transmitted their political sentiments. Structural phenomena, especially turnover rates and patterns of voting persistence, are described with particular reference to their interrelationship with the work of developing permanent local party organizations and other agencies of electoral mobilization. Variations of behaviour between sub-groups within the electoratel defined by franchise qualificationg occupation, "wealth", geographical location and (as far as is possible) religious affiliation, are examined to determine the relative effects (if any are discernible) of socio-economic attributes on electoral reactions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science