A Watershed Election?

John Curtice, Nicola McEwen, Michael Marsh and Rachel Ormston

in Revolution or Evolution? The 2007 Scottish Elections

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638994
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652891 | DOI:
A Watershed Election?

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Two battles were being fought when Scotland went to the polls on 1 May 2007. The first contest was for the 129 seats in the devolved Scottish Parliament. The second tussle was for 1,222 seats on all of the country's 32 local councils. Both events appeared to represent a watershed, or even a revolutionary change in the nature of Scottish politics. In the parliamentary election, the Scottish National Party (SNP), whose principal objective is that Scotland should leave the United Kingdom and become an independent state, emerged with most votes and most seats. This chapter introduces these issues, and asks whether these two developments do indeed represent a revolution in Scottish politics.

Keywords: Scottish Parliament; Scotland; Scottish politics; SNP; United Kingdom

Chapter.  6028 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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