The British Electorate, 1963-1992: A Compendium of Data from the British Election Studies / Edition 2

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Yet up to now there has been no single source which provides the answers. The British Electorate 1963-1992 adds data from the 1992 British Election Study to the first edition of this work which extended to 1987. It provides an authoritative reference guide to British voters and elections, and is based on a wealth of statistical information collected by British Election Study research teams at the Universities of Oxford and Essex for almost thirty years. The information presented covers a wide range of topics including voting patterns, turnout, party membership, partisanship and attitudes on issues ranging from nationalisation to capital punishment, abortion and welfare benefits. There are also separate tables for groups within the electorate such as men and women, different generations, trade unionists, the unemployed and Conservative and Labour voters. Tables deal with the same groups for each election, allowing the reader to look up information for a specific election year, to compare any two elections between 1963 and 1992 or to trace trends across the whole period. The authors present their information in a standard, easy-to-read format that is accessible to the non-technical user. The British Electorate 1963-1992 will be of particular value to political and sociological researchers, academics and students of British government and politics, political journalists, pollsters, market researchers, industrialists and trade unionists. It will also be a source of fascinating material for the general reader interested in British politics.
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"Not only an essential reference for basic information on political behavior over the past thirty years, it is also an accessible guide to the holdings available for secondary analysis in the archives at Essex or Michigan." J├Ârgen Rasmussen, British Politics Group Newsletter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521496469
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to first edition
Preface to revised edition
Introduction: How to use this book 1
Ch. 1 Vote 5
Ch. 2 Party identification 45
Ch. 3 Party membership 121
Ch. 4 The electoral decision 127
Ch. 5 Interest in elections 152
Ch. 6 Party image 170
Ch. 7 The economy 204
Ch. 8 Business, trade unions and strikes 250
Ch. 9 Nationalisation and privatisation 310
Ch. 10 The welfare state 358
Ch. 11 Issues of citizenship 407
Ch. 12 Newspaper readership 445
App. A: The fieldwork characteristics of the British Election Study samples 454
App. B: The social and political composition of the British Election Study samples 455
App. C: A note on sampling error and representativeness 462
App. D: Year by year chart of variables 464
App. E: The definition and construction of the variables 466
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