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Geography Matters: Space, Place and British Politics

By Catherine Waite

The arrival of autumn means that it is, once more, political party conference season in Britain. This week has seen the Conservative Party Conference take place in Birmingham, following those of the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats in Manchester and Brighton respectively during September. Consequently, in recent weeks, the British media has been dominated by reports of the activities, pledges and promises that have been made at these conferences. At the forefront of the discussions is the state of the economy and welfare provision, as well as continued debates about Britain’s position within the EU and, in the case of the Conservative Party Conference, the media frenzy surrounding ‘Borismania’. Alongside all of these issues an increasing number of references are being made to the forthcoming 2015 general election.

In many ways, politics is inherently geographical and just a brief perusal of the content of any geographical journal will demonstrate the numerous ways in which geography and politics are inextricably linked. Political geography is widely studied and this is reflected in its dedicated Royal Geographical Society research group, PolGRG. Within this subject more specific aspects of politics are given geographical consideration and this is evident in the recent work of Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie on electoral geography. Johnston and Pattie begin one such article by stating “Elections are a geographer’s delight” (2009:1), noting that elections produce vast quantities of mappable data which can be easily cartographically depicted using geographical information systems (GIS). Beyond this, it is clear from their more recent research, published in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, that geography can play an important role in understanding voting patterns (Johnston and Pattie 2012). Understanding the dynamics of such processes and their outcomes demonstrates the significance of space, place and society in shaping the British political landscape.

So, over the next two years, in the lead up to the 2015 general election, consider the influence that geography has on politics, because in the words of Johnston and Pattie “Geography matters” (2012:12).

Johnston, R. and Pattie, C. 2009 Geography: The Key to Recent British Elections. Geography Compass 3:1865–1880

Johnston, R. and Pattie, C. 2011 The British general election of 2010: a three-party contest – or three two-party contests? The Geographical Journal 177:17–26

Johnston, R. and Pattie, C. 2012 Learning electoral geography? Party campaigning, constituency marginality and voting at the 2010 British general election Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers doi: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00527.x

Young, disillusioned, and ready for Ed? The Independent 5th October 2012

David Cameron: Conservatives will never vacate the centre ground The Telegraph 6th October 2012

RGS-IBG New Content Alert: Early View Articles (25th May 2012)

The following Early View articles are now available on Wiley Online Library.

Original Articles

Soil hydrodynamics and controls in prairie potholes of central Canada
T S Gala, R J Trueman and S Carlyle
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01103.x

Paying for interviews? Negotiating ethics, power and expectation
Daniel Hammett and Deborah Sporton
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01102.x

Domestication and the dog: embodying home
Emma R Power
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01098.x

Adapting water management to climate change: Putting our science into practice

Runoff attenuation features: a sustainable flood mitigation strategy in the Belford catchment, UK
A R Nicholson, M E Wilkinson, G M O’Donnell and P F Quinn
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01099.x

Commentary

Geography, libertarian paternalism and neuro-politics in the UK
Mark Whitehead, Rhys Jones, Jessica Pykett and Marcus Welsh
Article first published online: 21 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2012.00469.x

Subaltern geopolitics: Libya in the mirror of Europe
James D Sidaway
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2012.00466.x

Original Articles

Faith and suburbia: secularisation, modernity and the changing geographies of religion in London’s suburbs
Claire Dwyer, David Gilbert and Bindi Shah
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00521.x

Mobile nostalgias: connecting visions of the urban past, present and future amongst ex-residents
Alastair Bonnett and Catherine Alexander
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00531.x

Dalits and local labour markets in rural India: experiences from the Tiruppur textile region in Tamil Nadu
Grace Carswell
Article first published online: 22 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00530.x

The Korean Thermidor: on political space and conservative reactions
Jamie Doucette
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00528.x

‘Faith in the system?’ State-funded faith schools in England and the contested parameters of community cohesion
Claire Dwyer and Violetta Parutis
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00518.x

The short-run impact of using lotteries for school admissions: early results from Brighton and Hove’s reforms
Rebecca Allen, Simon Burgess and Leigh McKenna
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00511.x

Learning electoral geography? Party campaigning, constituency marginality and voting at the 2010 British general election
Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00527.x

Hidden histories made visible? Reflections on a geographical exhibition
Felix Driver
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00529.x

‘Read ten thousand books, walk ten thousand miles’: geographical mobility and capital accumulation among Chinese scholars
Maggi W H Leung
Article first published online: 15 MAY 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00526.x

Content Alert: New Articles (18th November 2011)

These Early View articles are now available on Wiley Online Library.

Review Forum

Engaging global political ecologies

Response from the books’ editors
Richard Peet, Paul Robbins and Michael Watts
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01041.x

The political ecology of water scarcity and molecular biopolitics
Jairus Rossi
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01040.x

Going global in Global political ecology
Patrick Bigger
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01039.x

Capital’s margins and the political ecology of security
Jon Otto
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01038.x

Food, health and the body: the political ecology of sustainability
Michele Flippo Bolduc
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01037.x

Global natures: from utter failures to the possible
Brian Grabbatin and Patrick Bigger
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01036.x

Original Articles

Integrating knowledge and actions in disaster risk reduction: the contribution of participatory mapping
Jake Rom D Cadag and JC Gaillard
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01065.x

Transnational masculinities in situ: Singaporean husbands and their international marriage experiences
Yi’En Cheng
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2011.01045.x

Review Essay

Geographical societies, academics and publics: reading Civic Discipline. Geography in America, 1860–1890
Ron Johnston
Article first published online: 16 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4959.2011.00452.x

Boundary Crossings

Security of geography/geography of security
Chris Philo
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00488.x