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Politics, the Constitution and the Independence Movement in Scotland since Devolution

Malcolm Petrie


The Scottish Parliament

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This article explores the course of Scottish politics since the establishment of the devolved parliament in 1999. It begins by considering the political roots of devolution before assessing the extent to which the electoral successes of the Scottish National Party (SNP) at the 2007 and 2011 devolved elections indicated a rise in support for Scottish independence. The focus then shifts to the political consequences of the 2014 independence referendum, in particular the relationship between the ‘Yes’ campaign and the SNP, as well as the changing social composition of the SNP's electoral support. The article concludes by examining the attempts of the SNP, and the wider independence movement, to secure a second independence referendum before reviewing recent political developments in Scotland.

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    Malcolm Petrie

    Malcolm Petrie is Senior Lecturer in Late Modern Scottish History at the University of St Andrews.

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