Irrelevant Elections ?: The Quality of Local Democracy in Britain
This book, the most elaborate survey of its kind ever carried out in Britain, examines the controversy surrounding the political and electoral basis for local government. Drawing on extensive interviews with 1100 electors in November 1985 and follow-up interviews with 745 of them just after the local elections of 1986, Miller documents the many factors influencing voter participation and choice in local elections, and their implications for the continued existence of elective local democracy.
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The Problem of Irrelevant Elections
Does Anybody Know or Care about Local Politics?
Does Anybody Want Local Democracy?
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1983 general election actual turn-out Alliance areas with elections asked attitudes autonomy Blame councils blamed central government Borough British local government candidate central control Constituency Politics correlation councillors county council democracy district council election areas election choice election turn-out electorate financial difficulties government elections Greater London Council house tenure impact influence intentions and behaviour interviews Labour and Conservative Labour councils Labour Party less loglinear analysis London metropolitan metropolitan counties mobilization factors national choice national issues national politics non-election areas November Pairwise deletion panel parliamentary elections parliamentary preference participation partisan partisanship party identification party preference patterns Political Studies poll tax predictors psychological involvement questions ratepayers region regression relationship between turn-out respondents voters sample Satisfaction Scotland Scottish shire counties social survey Table taxes and services TLGNOV trends TSST turn-out intentions turn-out rates UNEM variables variation Very/fairly voting choice Widdicombe Committee Wolverhampton