The British General Election of 2010: The Results Analysed

38 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 8 Sep 2010

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John K. Curtice

University of Strathclyde - Department of Government

Stephen Fisher

University of Oxford

Robert Ford

University of Manchester

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The 2010 election was fought against the backdrop of both economic recession and political scandal. Yet although the incumbent Labour government was clearly rejected by the voters, the principal opposition party, the Conservatives made only a modest advance. Fewer voters backed one or other the two largest parties than ever before. Meanwhile, for only the second time since 1945, no one party secured an overall majority. In this paper we analyse the constituency level election results in order to identify possible explanations of the parties’ performances and to account for the outcome in seats.

Keywords: UK, elections, voting, electoral system

Suggested Citation

Curtice, John K. and Fisher, Stephen and Ford, Robert, The British General Election of 2010: The Results Analysed (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1643443

John K. Curtice (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - Department of Government ( email )

Glasgow, G1 1XQ
United Kingdom

Stephen Fisher

University of Oxford ( email )

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Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AU
United Kingdom

Robert Ford

University of Manchester ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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