The Autonomy and Organisation of Scottish Labour

Peter Lynch and Steven Birrell

in The Scottish Labour Party

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617845
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672097 | DOI:
The Autonomy and Organisation of Scottish Labour

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This chapter considers the issue of autonomy of the Scottish Labour Party. It suggests that the prospect of an autonomous Scottish Labour has only been partly realized. Policymaking through the medium of the Scottish Policy Forum and the election of Labour's leader in the Scottish Parliament offer the clearest examples of Scottish Labour autonomy. However, in organizational terms, Labour remains a fairly centralized party that effectively limits the level of autonomy available to the Scottish party, especially in relation to finance, membership and organization. Indeed the weakness of Scottish Labour's organization has become one of its most compelling features since devolution, with little organizational autonomy to address this problem.

Keywords: Scottish Labour Party; political parties; autonomy; policymaking

Chapter.  7015 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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