Geographies of discontent: urban segregation, political attitudes and electoral behaviour in Catalonia

Oriol Nel·lo, Aina Gomà

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© 2018, The Author(s). The increase in social inequalities and the evolution of real estate markets are fomenting urban segregation in European cities. The impact of this phenomenon on living conditions, education, health and access to services has been repeatedly studied. Less attention has been given to its link with electoral results and political attitudes. This contribution explores this relationship in Catalonia, a territory that has experienced both increasing inequalities and a deep political crisis in the last few years. Differences in participation and political attitudes between poor and well-off neighbourhoods are analysed by using various sources. The results show how urban segregation could be considered an appropriate variable for explaining electoral behaviour, certainly better than classical territorial aggregations such as population sizes and types of habitat. The results also contribute interesting insights to the debate on the impact of the neighbourhood effect not only on living conditions but also on the political attitudes and electoral behaviour of the population.
Original languageEnglish
Article number23
JournalCity, territory and architecture
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Electoral behaviour
  • Neighbourhood effect
  • Political attitudes
  • Urban segregation


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