INTRAREGIONAL VARIABILITY AND PLACE-SPECIFIC ELECTORAL BEHAVIOR IN UKRAINE
ВНУТРІШНЬОРЕГІОНАЛЬНА ВАРІАТИВНІСТЬ ТА МІСЦЕВА СПЕЦИФІКА ЕЛЕКТОРАЛЬНОЇ ПОВЕДІНКИ В УКРАЇНІ

Mykola DOBYSH
2018 Ekonomichna ta Sotsialna Geografiya  
The paper criticizes electoral geography studies of Ukraine, where the territory of the country is artificially divided into a number of regions following administrative divisions. The study reveals intraregional variability in the territorial patterns of voting behavior in Ukraine in 2002-2014. Zakarpattya, Chernivtsi, Sumy, Chernigiv, and Zhytomyr oblasts have the highest intraregional variance of electoral preferences for conventional "national-democratic" and "Communists and pro-Russian"
more » ... itical parties. All oblasts of Ukraine have internal variations of voting behavior. It was studied based on electoral results data for rayons and cities with special administrative status (n=675). Scatterplot with a time scale, filters for oblasts and rayons/cities, and the opportunity to draw electoral preferences trajectories from 2002 to 2014 parliamentary elections was used as a research instrument. The study also reveals region-specific voting patterns of cities and territorial outliers, which are bounded by administrative borders places with unique voting behavior. The paper accentuates place-specific and region-as-context understanding of electoral behavior as an essential conceptual framework for the further electoral geography studies of Ukraine.
doi:10.17721/2413-7154/2018.80.4-17 fatcat:lpt3ssrnf5dwxb26rjjgzl76mq