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Geographic Perspectives on Democracy and Elections
Geographic perspectives on democracy and elections

Over the past century, more and more countries have implemented democratic systems of governance. In democracies, voting determines who controls governments, which in turn set public policy agendas. Understanding voting is thus critical to understanding governance in contemporary society. Because most countries divide themselves into subnational and local governmental units on the basis of territory, the understanding of geography becomes a highly important and significant component of understanding government policy in the complex, interdependent world of the 21st century.

Electoral geography involves the mapping and analysis of election returns in democratic societies. In most countries, election results can be obtained and mapped at a disaggregated level of analysis. For example, electoral data are available by ...

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