Understanding Post-Devolution Elections in Scotland and Wales in Comparative Perspective

Jeffery, Charlie and Hough, Dan (2009) Understanding Post-Devolution Elections in Scotland and Wales in Comparative Perspective. Party Politics, 15 (2). pp. 219-240. ISSN 1354-0688

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Abstract

In this article, we explore the electoral dynamics of multi-level political systems for the case of the United Kingdom (Scotland and Wales) through a comparison with multi-level voting behaviour in Germany, Spain and Canada. The analysis suggests that sub-state elections can be 'second order' in relation to state-wide elections, but that this 'second orderness' is reduced when more powers are decentralized to the sub-state level (and, thus, more is at stake in sub-state elections), and if sub-state identities and parties are stronger. Consequently, elections in Scotland and Wales are unlikely to be or become only 'second order' to Westminster elections, and British state-wide parties will continue to face challenges and pressures to adapt their organizations and programmes to the devolution of the British state.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Daniel Hough
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:14
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 10:04
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15402
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