From Blackmail to Governing Potential

James Mitchell, Lynn Bennie and Rob Johns

in The Scottish National Party

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580002
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731099 | DOI:
From Blackmail to Governing Potential

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This chapter provides an historic overview of the party, outlining its role as an amateur-activist party prior to devolution, organizationally dependent on its membership with few full-time staff and professional politicians. It describes how the party operated on the fringe of politics with no prospect of governmental power but able occasionally to influence the political agenda. Devolution created opportunities for the SNP, allowing it to become a professional party, securing its status as a Parliamentary party, and giving it the opportunity to hold government office.

Keywords: history; impact of devolution; government office; SNP; party

Chapter.  9627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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