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AVELAR, Lúcia  and  WALTER, Maria Inez Machado Telles. Lentas mudanças: o voto e a política tradicional. Opin. Publica [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.1, pp.96-122. ISSN 0104-6276.

The goal of the present work is to analyze the relationship between development and political power, as well as to evaluate political changes in municipalities in Brazil. The study is based on a data bank from municipal elections (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral, 1996, 2000 and 2004) applying a procedure which takes structural variables into account, such as size and quality of life in municipalities (IBGE/IPEA/PNUD), and ideology of political parties. The question is whether favorable geographic-political configurations exist for left or right wing parties. Our conclusion is that traditional political parties (right wing) find larger support in micro municipalities with bad quality of life.

Keywords : Municipal elections; traditional politics; vote; political parties; electoral geography.

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