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Partisanship, national identity and constitutional preferences: an exploration of voting in the Scottish devolution referendum of 1997.

Pattie, Charles and Denver, David T. and Mitchell, James and Bochel, Hugh (1999) Partisanship, national identity and constitutional preferences: an exploration of voting in the Scottish devolution referendum of 1997. Electoral Studies, 18 (3). pp. 305-322. ISSN 0261-3794

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Abstract

The Scottish devolution referendum of September 1997 was a rare event in British politics. The question of Scotland's constitutional position has been a salient issue in Scottish politics for some time, however, and survey evidence shows that electors' preferences on the issue are strongly related to their partisanship and sense of national identity. Electors' participation in the referendum was influenced by the same sorts of factors that affect turnout in general elections but also varied according to the strength of their feelings on the devolution issue. Partisanship and national identity also appear to be the key variables underlying voters' decisions on both referendum questions.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Electoral Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: Referendum ; Voting ; Scotland ; Devolution
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24374
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 09 Mar 2009 14:53
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:24
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24374

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