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Devolution, the SNP and the Electorate

John Curtice

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639908.003.0005
Devolution, the SNP and the Electorate

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This chapter explores how in practice devolution threw an electoral lifeline to the Scottish National Party (SNP) that eventually enabled it to come to power. SNP support varied relatively little between those in different social classes or between owner-occupiers, on the one hand, and those in social housing on the other. Labour's Scotland Act had supplied the means for the SNP to gain power. The SNP finds it easier to prosper in Scottish Parliament elections. Devolution has provided the SNP with an unparalleled political opportunity. The success of the SNP has not been founded on a rising tide of rising public support for independence. The party is committed to determining Scotland's constitutional future not through electoral success but by holding a referendum on independence.

Keywords: Scottish National Party; Labour; Scotland Act; power; Scottish Parliament elections; devolution; Scotland; independence

Chapter.  5093 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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