A spatial analysis of the Brexit vote in the West Midlands

Hearne, David (2020) A spatial analysis of the Brexit vote in the West Midlands. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 7 (1). pp. 232-243. ISSN 2168-1376

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Recent votes for populist parties and policies have been a focus for an increasingly significant body of academic research. In the UK this has particularly focused research on the drivers of the vote to leave the European Union (Brexit) in 2016. In spite of a growing body of work on the subject, the literature investigating the applicability of spatial econometric methods is surprisingly thin. This paper applies such methods to hitherto unused data for the West Midlands region, where we have an unusually rich set of small-area results. The work finds substantial spatial autocorrelation even after demographic differences are accounted for. Whilst focusing on a particular region, the rise of populism globally gives these findings a wider salience.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router ** History: ppub 01-01-2020; issued 01-01-2020; epub 14-07-2020.
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/21681376.2020.1782255
7 June 2020Accepted
14 July 2020Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brexit, populism, spatial autocorrelation, local
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-02 - economics > CAH15-02-01 - economics
CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise > Centre for Brexit Studies
SWORD Depositor: JISC PubRouter
Depositing User: JISC PubRouter
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2020 08:44
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:37
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9587

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