The Spatial Context of Voter Behaviour: How Do Local and Regional Factors Impact Voter Decisions Cover Image

Prostorový kontext volebního chování – jak působí lokální a regionální prostředí na rozhodování voličů
The Spatial Context of Voter Behaviour: How Do Local and Regional Factors Impact Voter Decisions

Author(s): Josef Bernard, Tomáš Kostelecký
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Keywords: contextual effects; electoral behaviour; local context; neighbourhood effect; electoral geography

Summary/Abstract: Among the many factors that influence the voting behaviour of individual voters, various spatial characteristics have repeatedly been cited as important factors. The diverse impacts of spatial characteristics are collectively referred to as contextual effects. Contextual effects impact voters in different ways: through differences in the local geographical and socio-economic conditions, the varying influence of local communication interactions, observational influences, differences in local political socialisation and local campaigning, or through the effect of candidate residency. This article presents an overview of the most frequently discussed contextual effects and formulates a general typology of them.

  • Issue Year: 50/2014
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 3-28
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Czech