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How useful is the concept of social class as an indicator of voting preference? In this programme Greg McLennan talks to two academic commentators - Anthony Heath and Patrick Donleavy. The old mode...l of class voting stressed traditional loyalty to class and party among Labour voters. Anthony Heath feels that this model underemphasised the rational side of voting behaviour and that although social class is declining as the main determinant of political allegiance, it is still a useful indicator. Patrick Donleavy disagrees, pointing out that "sectoral location" is the most important influence on voting behaviour. He argues that whether people work in the public or private sector, how many state services they "consume" and whether they are dependent for their income on the state are fundamental in differentiating conservative and labour voters.
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Module code and title: D209, State and society
Item code: D209; 07; 1989
First transmission date: 16-04-1989
Published: 1989
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Duration: 00:19:00
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Producer: Clare Falkner
Contributors: Anthony Heath; Greg McLennan
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Electoral behaviour; Social class
Master spool number: 88YD0271
Production number: 88YD0271
Available to public: no