How urban riots influence political behaviour: Vote choices after the 2011 London riots

Gabriel Leon-Ablan*, Peter John

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

170 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

What are the electoral consequences of urban riots? We argue that riots highlight the economic and social problems suffered by those who participate, inducing potential electoral allies to mobilize. These allies can then punish local incumbents at the ballot box. We test this hypothesis with fine-grained geographic data that capture how exposure to the 2011 London riots changed vote choices in the subsequent 2012 mayoral election. We find that physical proximity to both riots and the homes of rioters raised turnout and reduced the vote for the incumbent Conservative mayor. These results are partly driven by a change in the turnout and vote choices of white residents. This provides support for the view that riots can help shift votes against incumbents who oppose the implied policy goals of rioters.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitical Science Research and Methods
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Jul 2022

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'How urban riots influence political behaviour: Vote choices after the 2011 London riots'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this