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Competence over constitution : the SNP's re-election in 2011

Johns, Robert and Carman, Christopher and Mitchell, James (2012) Competence over constitution : the SNP's re-election in 2011. Political Studies. ISSN 0032-3217 (In Press)

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Abstract

The Scottish National Party’s outright win in the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May 2011 confounded pre-election polls and commentaries as well as devolution’s architects who chose a (broadly) proportional electoral system to minimise the risk of a Nationalist majority moving Scotland to independence. But an extraordinary result in historical context looks much more ordinary when we explore voters’ attitudes and choices. According to data from the ESRC-funded Scottish Election Study 2011 (SES), the SNP won its majority for that most mundane of electoral reasons: most voters thought that the party would do a better job in office than its rivals, including its chief rival, the Labour Party.

Item type: Article
ID code: 39012
Keywords: constitution, constitutional change, SNP, Scottish National Party, Scottish Parliament, Scotland, Scottish politics, election, Political theory, Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Political Science > Political theory
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2012 09:36
Last modified: 28 Mar 2014 05:51
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/39012

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