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The Conservative Party and devolved national identities: Scotland and Wales compared

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Abstract:

This article focuses on the role of national identity in the behaviour and performance of the Scottish Conservative Party – the main voice of opposition to devolution in the 1990s. In particular, it will address the apparent flat-lining of its popular vote, arguing that this is a direct consequence of the party doggedly adhering to a more traditional form of ‘unionist nationalism’. This can be contrasted with Wales, where the party has adapted well to devolution, and enjoyed a steady improvement in its electoral performances.

Keywords: Conservative Party; Scotland; Wales; devolution; identity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2012.657086

Affiliations: 1: Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (PPR),Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK 2: Electoral Reform Society Wales, Cardiff,Wales, UK 3: Democratic Audit, Liverpool, UK

Publication date: 2012-03-01

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