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Constitution or Competence? The SNP's Re-election in 2011

Johns, R and Mitchell, J and Carman, CJ (2013) 'Constitution or Competence? The SNP's Re-election in 2011.' Political Studies, 61 (SUPPL.). 84 - 104. ISSN 0032-3217

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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 a (broadly) proportional electoral system which was held 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, 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. © 2013 Political Studies Association.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 12:44
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2019 23:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7580

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