From Amateur-Activist to Electoral-Professional Party

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 Amateur-Activist to Electoral-Professional Party

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This chapter charts the organizational changes in the SNP after devolution, drawing on the wider literature on political parties. Reforms introduced by John Swinney, as party leader, are outlined and the impacts these have had on the nature of the SNP are discussed: the selection of candidates and election of the party leader by the membership; the changing role of party conference; and declining role in policymaking of the activists.

Keywords: Amateur activist; electoral professional; organization; structure

Chapter.  7564 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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