More Sex, Lies & the Ballot Box – the data behind the analysis


The fantastic new book More Sex, Lies & the Ballot Box – the follow-up to, you guessed it, Sex, Lies & the Ballot Box – came out at the start of this month. Put together by Philip Cowley and Rob Ford, it provides 51 short chapters exploring electoral peculiarities and psephological oddities. Who would Santa Claus vote for? Would you trust bookies or pollsters? How do politicos feel about sleeping with the enemy?

More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box has been described as “Like Sergeant Pepper, but for political geeks,” by the New Statesman’s Stephen Bush. So for anyone who enjoys the TCC Weekly bulletin each Friday, the book is your Disneyland!

And the good news is that, if you’re a TCC Weekly reader, you can get an extra 40% off your copy. So if you’re not subscribed to The Weekly already then get your skates on and click here to sign up.

Meanwhile, to mark the book’s publication, several academic publishers have also kindly agreed to make the data behind some of the key chapters free-to-view for a limited time. TCC has teamed up with Phil and Rob to provide a library of these publications, so they’re all in one place.

So, if there was a chapter that was niggling at you – or if you wanted to know exactly how one of the authors got from A to B – then share and make use of the materials below.

Chapter Academic article Stops being free in…
Chapter 5. We don’t do God? Religion and vote choice in Britain Tilley, James, ‘We Don’t Do God? Religion and Party Choice in Britain’British Journal of Political Science (2015), vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 907–27 January 2017
Chapter 7. Racism at the ballot box: ethnic minority candidates Fisher, Stephen D., Heath, Anthony F., Sanders, David and Sobolewska, Maria, ‘Candidate Ethnicity and Vote Choice in Britain’, British Journal of Political Science (2015), vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 883–905 January 2017
Chapter 13. More politics, less voting: the internet paradox Theocharis, Yannis, ‘Cuts, Tweets, Solidarity and Mobilisation: How the Internet Shaped the Student Occupations’Parliamentary Affairs (2012), vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 162–94 March 2017
Chapter 17. Playing on home turf: the importance of issue ownership Dennison, James and Goodwin, Matthew, ‘Immigration, Issue Ownership and the Rise of UKIP’, Parliamentary Affairs (2015), vol. 68, s. 1, pp. 168–87 March 2017
Chapter 18. More similar than you think: parallel publics and the issue agenda Green, Jane, ‘A Test of Core Vote Theories: The British Conservatives, 1997–2005’, British Journal of Political Science (2011), vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 735–64 January 2017
Chapter 19. They only have themselves to blame: immigration and political legitimacy Sturgis, Patrick, Brunton-Smith, Ian, Read, Sanna and Allum, Nick, ‘Does Ethnic Diversity Erode Trust? Putnam’s “Hunkering Down” Thesis Reconsidered’, British Journal of Political Science (2011), vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 57–82 January 2017
Chapter 21. A growing class divide: MPs and voters Heath, Oliver, ‘Policy Representation, Social Representation, and Class Voting in Britain’, British Journal of Political Science (2015), vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 173–93 January 2017
Chapter 25. Immigration or visibility? Ethnic minority representation Durose, Catherine, Richardson, Liz, Combs, Ryan, Eason, Christina and Gains, Francesca, ‘“Acceptable Difference”: Diversity, Representation and Pathways to UK Politics’, Parliamentary Affairs (2013), vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 246–67 March 2017
Chapter 28. Worth the paper they’re written on: party manifestos Bara, Judith, ‘A Question of Trust: Implementing Party Manifestos’, Parliamentary Affairs (2005), vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 585–99


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Royed, Terry J., ‘Testing the Mandate Model in Britain and the United States: Evidence from the Reagan and Thatcher Eras’, British Journal of Political Science (1996), vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 45–80 January 2017
Chapter 34. It wasn’t ‘The Vow’ wot won it: the Scottish independence referendum Nadeau, Richard, Martin, Pierre and Blais, Andre, ‘Attitude towards Risk-Taking and Individual Choice in the Quebec Referendum on Sovereignty’, British Journal of Political Science (1999), vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 523–39 January 2017
Chapter 35. It’s not Scotland: Wales’s enduring electoral semi-distinctiveness Balsom, Denis, Madgwick, P. J. and van Mechelen, Denis, ‘The Red and the Green: Patterns of Partisan Choice in Wales’, British Journal of Political Science (1983), vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 299–325 January 2017
Chapter 38. Tuned in to public life but turned off politics? Voluntary organisations and political participation Gerber, Alan, Huber, Gregory A., Doherty, David and Downling, Conor M., ‘Why People Vote: Estimating the Social Returns to Voting’, British Journal of Political Science (2016), vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 241–64 January 2017
Chapter 40. The heavenly chorus’s upper-class accent: compulsory voting and public policy Bechtel, Michael M., Hangartner, Dominik, Schmid, Lukas, ‘Does Compulsory Voting Increase Support for Leftist Policy?’American Journal of Political Science (2016), vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 752-767 N/A