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Chapter 28: Candidate Location and Vote Choice
Candidate Location and Vote Choice
When mentioned in conjunction with voting, the word ‘distance’ is usually associated with ideological proximity, describing the extent to which voters are close to or distant from a candidate or political party in terms of their attitudes or policy positions. However, in a less prominent way, geographical distance also plays a role in voter choice through its effect as one of a number of candidate attributes which voters may include in their vote calculus.
Candidate attributes have been a consistent feature of vote explanations since the early days of psephology and political behaviour (Key, 1949; Wallas, 1908). However, in the post-war behavioural revolution and the shift in focus to the ...