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British Local Election Database, 1889-2003

Title details

SN: 5319
Title: British Local Election Database, 1889-2003
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5319-1
Depositor: Rallings, C.S., University of Plymouth. School of Sociology, Politics and Law
Principal investigator(s): Rallings, C.S., University of Plymouth. School of Sociology, Politics and Law
Thrasher, M.A.M., University of Plymouth. School of Sociology, Politics and Law
Ware, L., University of Plymouth. Social Research and Regeneration Unit
Sponsor(s): Arts and Humanities Research Board
Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-023-25-0001; RF/AN2626/APN13667
Other acknowledgements: Material on Scottish Local Election Results was provided by Professor David Denver from the Department of Politics and International Relations at Lancaster University.

Citation

The citation for this study is:

Rallings, C.S., Thrasher, M.A.M., Ware, L. (2006). British Local Election Database, 1889-2003. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5319, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-5319-1

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Subject Categories

Election and campaign studies - Politics
Election returns - Politics
Political history - History

Abstract

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This project has established a unique database of local elections results in Great Britain. The database contains data for the period of the twentieth century before wholesale local government reorganisation in 1973. It also links the existing English, Welsh and Scottish local election databases. Until now, these results had never been collated together, let alone transformed into machine-readable form.

Main Topics:
The part of the database comprising the twentieth century before wholesale local government reorganisation in 1973 was funded by the AHRB and contains ca.50,000 election results. These cover mainly urban areas, including English, Welsh and Scottish county boroughs between 1911 and 1972 and all London area contests in the period 1889-1971. In detail these are:
County Borough Council, first year: 1911, last year: 1972, number of cases: 35678
County Council, first year: 1958, last year: 1970, number of cases: 5270
Greater London Council: first year: 1964, last year: 1970, number of cases: 96
London Borough Council: first year: 1900, last year: 1971, number of cases: 7361
London County Council: first year: 1889, last year: 1961, number of cases: 1214

The second part of the database which updates and links the existing English, Welsh and Scottish local election databases was funded by the ESRC and contains in excess of 150,000 individual local election results. In detail these are:
County Council: first year: 1973, last year: 2001, number of cases: 27663
District Council: first year: 1973, last year: 2003, number of cases: 87066
Greater London Council: first year: 1973, last year: 1981, number of cases: 276
London Borough Council: first year: 1974, last year: 2002, number of cases: 5827
Metropolitan Borough Council: first year: 1973, last year: 2003, number of cases: 18995
Metropolitan County Council: first year: 1973, last year: 1981, number of cases: 1641
Unitary Authority: first year: 1974, last year: 2003, number of cases: 9879



Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1889 - 2003
Country: England | Scotland | Wales
Spatial units: Counties (Metropolitan)
Greater London
London Boroughs
Unitary Authorities (England)
Wards (Electoral)
Observation units: Administrative units (geographical/political)
Kind of data: Textual data
Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Universe: National
Election Results for England, Wales and Scotland between 1889 and 2003
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Number of units: ca.200,000
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: no weighting conducted
Data sources:
Published or unpublished census material, official election returns, newspaper reports, local authority election returns, ward level data from censuses, OPCS electorate figures, and the series of publications Scottish Local Election Results by J. Bochel and D. Denver and additional materials for the Scottish data.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 28 June 2006
Copyright: Copyright Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher, University of Plymouth
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Please note: Some of these data previously appeared in the UKDA catalogue under study numbers SN 2362, 2576, 3180 and 3301.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Study documentation (portable document format) project_guide.pdf 553
Election Wizard interface documentation (portable document format) wizard_filter_guide.pdf 58
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_5319_Information.htm 20
READ File read5319.txt 2

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Rallings, C. and Thrasher, M. (eds.) (2004). Local Elections in Britain: a statistical digest Local Government Chronicle Elections Centre, Plymouth. ISBN 0-94885-834-6.

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