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Understanding the disability voting gap in the UK

Brown, Samuel and Jones, Melanie ORCID: 2023. Understanding the disability voting gap in the UK. Electoral Studies 85 , 102674. 10.1016/j.electstud.2023.102674

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Using nationally representative longitudinal data from Understanding Society we explore the relationship between disability and political participation in the UK. More specifically, we examine the determinants of the ‘disability voting gap’, and assess how it varies by the severity, type and chronicity of disability. After accounting for demographic characteristics, the disability voting gap across UK General Elections between 2010 and 2019 is found to be 6.2 percentage points. More than half of this gap is explained by the channels of resources and recruitment, with evidence of a residual disability gap consistent with additional disability-specific barriers to participation. We find a larger disability voting gap for those with more severe disability, disabilities relating to mental health and chronic disabilities. Applying panel data methods, however, we find no evidence that transitions in disability status are related to changes in voter turnout.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0261-3794
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 31 August 2023
Date of Acceptance: 24 August 2023
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2023 18:40

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