Fritz Thyssen Foundation Supports Research on Localism in the 2015 General Election

Localism has become an important issue in British Politics. Previous research has shown that the objective geographical distance between voters and candidates played an important role in the 2010 General Election and the 2013 English local elections even when party attachment and incumbency were controlled for.

Thanks to the generosity of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, we are now able to re-interview 11,000 voters that have previously been surveyed by Rosie Campbell and Phil Cowley to see if localism still matters in the thoroughly changed context of the 2015 General Election.

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