Extra Resources - Chapter 17
Denver (2002) is authoritative, up to date, and wonderfully clear - ideal for the beginner. Butler and Stoker (1974) was the first great study of voting behaviour and set the intellectual agenda for decades. Clarke et al (2004) introduce and survey the most up to date evidence and political science models, in a subject which has been more subject to political science professionalisation than most; they are the latest in a team of 'British Election Study' students who have authoritatively surveyed successive general elections for nearly forty years. Heath et al (1985) and Heath et al (1991) and Heath et al (2001) were the 'election studies' team before Clarke et al, and these publications report their findings. The 'Nuffield' studies of successive British elections are now a British institution: at the time of writing the most recent, on 2001, is Butler and Kavanagh (2002). Farrell (2001) is best on electoral systems. Butler (1963) is a history of the electoral system. The study of electoral behaviour is one of the most methodologically sophisticated parts of the study of British politics. A 'classic' which has shaped much subsequent theory, and very accessible, is Downs (1957); McLean (1982) is a good introduction to the whole field.
The journal Electoral Studies, not confined to Britain, is a constant source of up to date reports and scholarship; available in all good academic libraries.
The best web site for this chapter is the UK Data Archive, at http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/ The archive contains far more than electoral data, but is the central repository in the UK. Access requires registration via the Athens system, and in general the whole system seems to be designed to put off users.