How the SNP Won

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:
How the SNP Won

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This chapter focuses specifically on how one can best account for the success of the SNP in 2007. First, it considers how those who voted for the SNP in 2007 had behaved in the previous Scottish election in 2003. Second, it compares the demographic profile of the nationalist vote in 2007 with its character four years previously. Third, it assesses the link between national identity, constitutional preference and voting for the SNP and how it has varied between elections.

Keywords: SNP; 2007 election; national identity; Scottish election; demographic profile

Chapter.  7452 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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