Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3266: Elections and Voting in Britain

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

  • Campbell, R. (2013) Gender and the Vote in Britain: Beyond the Gender Gap? Colchester: ECPR Press.
  • Cowley, P. and Kavanagh, D. (2018) The British General Election of 2017, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Curtice, J. (2011) ‘Confounding the commentators: How the 2010 exit poll got it (More or Less) Right’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, 21(2), pp. 211-235.
  • Curtice, J. (2017) ‘The geographical challenge: How winning elections has become much more difficult for labour’, Political Quarterly, 88(1), pp 13-19.
  • Curtice, J., Fisher, S., Kuha, J., & Mellon, J. (2017). ‘Surprise, surprise!(again) The 2017 British general election exit poll’, Significance, 14(4), 26-29.
  • Curtice, J. (2018) ‘The 2017 election: Scotland re-enters British politics?’, Scottish Geographic Journal, 134(1-2), pp. 39-44.
  • Fisher, S. D., Heath, A. F., Sanders, D., and Sobolewska, M. (2014) ‘Candidate Ethnicity and Vote Choice in Britain’, British Journal of Political Science, 45, pp. 883-905.
  • English, P. (2019) ‘Visibly restricted: public opinion and the representation of immigrant origin communities across Great Britain’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(9), pp. 1437-1466.
  • Gay, C. (2001) ‘The Effect of Black Congressional Representation on Political Participation’, American Political Science Review, 95(3), pp. 589-602.
  • Goodyear-Grant, E. and Tolley, E. (2019) ‘Voting for one's own: racial group identification and candidate preferences’, Politics, Groups, and Identities, 7(1), pp. 131-147.
  • Green, J. and Hobolt, S. B. (2008) ‘Owning the issue agenda: Party strategies and vote choices in British elections’, Electoral Studies, 27(3). 460-476.
  • Green, J. and Jennings, W. (2017) The Politics of Competence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Herrmann, M., Munzert, S. and Selb, P. (2016) ‘Determining the effect of strategic voting on election results’, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society, 179(2), pp. 583–605.
  • Johnston, R. and Pattie, C. (2011) Putting Voters in their Place: Geography and Elections in Great Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lovenduski, J. and Hills, J. (2018) The Politics of The Second Electorate: Women and Politics. London: Routledge.
  • Martin, N. and Blinder, S. (2020) ‘Biases at the Ballot Box: How Multiple Forms of Voter Discrimination Impede the Descriptive and Substantive Representation of Ethnic Minority Groups’, Political Behaviour.
  • McAngus, C. (2016)‘Party elites and the search for credibility: Plaid Cymru and the SNP as new parties of government’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18(3), pp. 634-649.
  • McAnulla, S. (2006) British Politics: A critical introduction. London: Continuum.
  • Mellon, J. and Prosser, C. (2017) ‘Missing Nonvoters and Misweighted Samples: Explaining the 2015 Great British Polling Miss’, Public Opinion Quarterly, 81(3), pp. 661-687.
  • Mellon, J. (2020) ‘Tactical Voting and Electoral Pacts in the 2019 UK General Election’, SSRN.
  • Muroki, M. and Cowley, P. (2019) ‘Getting better, slowly: ethnicity, gender and party in London’s local government’, Political Quarterly, 90(1), pp. 117-123.
  • Pulzer, P. 2013. ‘Political Representation and Elections in Britain’. London: Routledge.
  • Saggar, S. 2004. ‘Race and British Electoral Politics’, London: UCL Press.
  • Sobolewska, M. and Ford, R. (2020) Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Thrasher, M., Borisyuk, G., Rallings, C., and Webber, R. (2015) ‘Candidate Ethnic Origins and Voter Preferences: Examining Name Discrimination in Local Elections in Britain’, British Journal of Political Science, 47(2), pp. 413-435.
  • Wilks-Heeg, S. and Andersen, P. (2020). ‘The Only (Other) Poll That Matters? Exit Polls and Election Night Forecasts in BBC General Election Results Broadcasts, 1955–2017’, Political Studies.