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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

Place and Vote
Place and vote
Introduction

Elections, as Peter Taylor (1978) once noted, are a geographer's delight, particularly for one who is interested in the quantitative display and analysis of large data sets. Votes at general and other elections are cast in places and counted in places, and under some electoral systems the result of the contest is determined by the number of votes cast for different candidates/parties in different places. It is thus a straightforward task to map the geography of voting, thereby demonstrating, for example, spatial variations in support for a particular political party or, as with referendums, in political attitudes. Elections are inherently geographical phenomena.

Having mapped an election result, the next stage is to analyse it, to suggest reasons for the observed pattern ...

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