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The Conservative Party and Devolved National Identities: Scotland and Wales Compared

Steven, Martin and Llyr ap Gareth, Owain and Baston, Lewis (2012) The Conservative Party and Devolved National Identities: Scotland and Wales Compared. National Identities, 14 (1). pp. 71-81. ISSN 1469-9907

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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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: National Identities
Uncontrolled Keywords: devolution ; Conservative Party ; Scotland ; Wales ; identity
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 53766
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2012 14:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:18
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53766

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