Preparing the Terrain: Conditioning Factors for the Regionalization of the Vote for Federal Deputy in São Paulo
This article proposes a new interpretation of the regional distribution of votes in the dispute for legislative offices in Brazil. The literature has traditionally understood regionalization to be evidence that politicians deliberately create zones of influences in certain areas. We argue, however, that other dimensions of the Brazilian electoral system, notably the large size and magnitude of electoral districts, reinforce the information that reaches voters and adds value to geographic aspects, such as the home city of the candidates, accounting […]
Comments on When is Statistical Significance not Significant?
(FIGUEIREDO FILHO, Dalson. B. et al. When is statistical significance not significant? Brazilian Political Science Review. Vol. 07, Nº 01, 2013) An article titled “When is statistical significance not significant?” was published in this journal. The study echoes countless others which have underlined the dangers of wrongly interpreting the p-value (see for an overview of such studies). The authors’ main goal is to provide a basis for understanding the logic behind tests of significance and their appropriate role in empirical […]
Identification of Areas of Vote Concentration: Evidences from Brazil
In spite of the recent progress in the discussion on vote regional concentration brought by , there is still a lack of determination of the districts’ internal areas where candidates obtained their votes. Synthetic concentration indices, as the G index, do not allow for evaluation in disaggregated levels, as municipalities, which would be relevant for the verification of the areas of a candidate’s political influence. This paper aims at bridging this gap through the joint utilization of two other indicators, […]