Master of Arts (MA)
Geography & Environmental Studies
Faculty of Arts
This study examines political participation in the 1993 federal election in Kitchener- Waterloo. Voter turnout is modeled at the polling division level using statistical analysis with spatial diagnostics. This study is different from other Canadian research since it uses a ﬁne scale spatial unit and it explores the geographical aspect of political participation. The ﬁndings conﬁrm results from other studies as well as showing that geography plays a small but signiﬁcant role in the decision to vote. The results of the statistical analysis show that polling divisions are appropriate spatial units for the examination of political participation. Demographics, political motivation, space, and voter disaffection are shown to be signiﬁcant determinants of participation at the urban level. GIS and spatial statistics are used extensively and their application to political analysis is discussed.
Churcher, Paul, "Political participation in Kitchener-Waterloo: A spatial analysis of the 1993 federal election (Ontario)" (1999). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 407.