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Is Holyrood Accountable and Representative?

John Curtice

in Has Devolution Delivered?

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622467
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622467.003.0006
Is Holyrood Accountable and Representative?

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In creating the Scottish Parliament, advocates of devolution aimed to put Scots themselves in charge of deciding who ran their government. In contrast to what happened during the eighteen years of Conservative rule between 1979 and 1997, who ran Scotland would be determined by who could win elections in Scotland rather than who was the most popular in England. Scottish governments that presided over failure in Scotland would have to endure the wrath of the voters of Scotland. Parties that wanted to introduce new policies in Scotland would need to secure the consent of the voters of Scotland. This chapter examines whether voters in Scotland do indeed hold Scottish politicians to account when they vote at Scottish elections, or whether they give anyone a mandate to pursue particular policies. In pursuing these issues, the chapter focuses in particular on the 2003 election.

Keywords: Scottish Parliament; devolution; Scotland; elections; voters

Chapter.  7953 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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