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Local Elections in England, 2015

Title details

SN: 7926
Title: Local Elections in England, 2015
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-7926-2
Depositor: Kolpinskaya, E., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Principal investigator(s): Kolpinskaya, E., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Data collector(s): Kolpinskaya, E., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Curtis, C., YouGov plc
Durkiewicz, Z., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Harman, J., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Redmond, J., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Shie Song Fa, S., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Titkova, V., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Tri Le, M., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Withers, E., University of Exeter. Q-Step Centre
Other acknowledgements: The data collection was supported by the University of Exeter Q-Step Centre funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Electoral Reform Society (ERS), especially Jessica Garland and Chris Terry, provided invaluable feedback on the early versions of the dataset, as well as the basis for the data coding frame. The ward- and council-level electoral results were collected from the local council web-sites listed on the BBC 2015 England Local Election results web-page and, in the instances when the reported data was incomplete, was obtained through direct contacts with the Returning Officers for the respective local authority. The initial data collection was completed by the University of Exeter Q-Step students, including Chris Curtis, Zofia Durkiewicz, James Harman, Josh Redmond, Samuel Shie Song Fa, Valeriya Titkova, Minh Tri Le and Edward Withers.

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Kolpinskaya, E. (2016). Local Elections in England, 2015. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 7926, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-7926-2

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Subject Categories

Election and campaign studies - Politics
Election returns - Politics
Elites and leadership - Social stratification and groupings
Government and political systems - Politics
Political history - History
Population censuses - Population, vital statistics and censuses

Abstract

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The data collection is produced by the University of Exeter Q-Step staff and students in collaboration with the Electoral Reform Society who provided the initial coding frame. It includes the ward- and council-level data summarising the results of the 2015 local elections in England. It was collected from local council web-sites and through direct contacts with the Returning Officers where the electoral results were not publicly available. The ward-level dataset includes the electoral results for 5708 wards, their geographical identifiers and the gender of successful and unsuccessful candidates by party. The council-level data includes the electoral results for 279 local authorities merged with the ONS socio-demographic data. The data collection is unique since there has been no attempt to report the results of the 2015 local election in a single dataset. It will be of interest for political scientists, political parties and anyone interested in the statistical analysis of local election results – a topic particularly salient in the light of the forthcoming local elections in May 2016.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 07 May 2015
Dates of fieldwork: May 2015 - September 2015
Country: England
Spatial units: Wards (Electoral)
Observation units: Text units (documents/chapters/words)
local councils and its wards
Kind of data: Numeric data
Universe: National
279 councils and electoral 5708 wards (all local authorities up for election in England in May 2015)
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe)
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No weighting used
Data sources: * local council web-sites reporting the results of the 2015 local elections in England summarised on the BBC 2015 local elections web-site

* The coding frame was based on the Electoral Reform Society report – ERS. 2011) English Local Elections, accessed at English Local Elections on May 26, 2015

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 23 March 2016
Latest edition: 11 May 2016 (2nd Edition)
Copyright: Crown copyright held jointly with E. Kolpinskaya. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
Study Documentation 7926_codebook_local_elections_2015_councils_with_census_2.pdf 823
Study Documentation 7926_codebook_local_elections_2015_wards_1.pdf 693
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_7926_Information.htm 6
READ File read7926.htm 10

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