Representing A Territory: Constituency Boundaries for the British House of Commons of the 1980 s

John R. Hibbing, Samuel C. Patterson

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In 1983, the boundary lines for constituencies of the British House of Commons were revised in the light of major shifts in population since the previous redistribution of seats. A massive proportion—nearly 90 percent—of the parliamentary constituencies were changed in some way. In this analysis of the 1983 redistribution, we examine why some constituencies have so many more people than others. Our models include a variety of independent variables impinging upon “redistribution biases”—country (England, Scotland, Wales), rounding error in assigning seats, population density, and the dominant political party in constituencies. All these variables are found to play a part in the decisions of the boundary commissions. However, although “political” in certain ways, we detected no significant direct partisan influences in the 1983 redistribution of seats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-1005
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1986


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  • Sociology and Political Science

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