How do people vote in suburbia? Political preference and suburbanisation in Europe

English title: How do people vote in suburbia? Political preference and suburbanisation in Europe

Author(s): Maarit Felicitas Ströbele -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012


An important aspect of understanding the urban fringe is to know the political preferences of its inhabitants, since geographically bound political patterns have con- sequences for both local policymaking and the national political sphere. Combining urban geography approaches that explain the interaction between spaces and society with political science theory on (geographical) cleavages, this article explains differ- ences in electoral preferences between core city and suburban voters. The analyses show how voters behave differently due to structural factors that are related to the place of residence, resulting in a clear suburban preference for conservative parties. Common explanations for these urban–suburban differences in electoral preferences mainly refer to socio-economic segregation. However, the article shows that divergences are also substantially based on diverging patterns of daily use of spaces, as well as on different lifestyles of the middle class. The propositions are tested with a series of multinomial logistic regression models using Swiss, German, Dutch and French data.

Volume: 5

Issue: 1

From page no: 93

To page no: 115

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/17535069.2012.656455

Journal: Urban Research and Practice

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