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The Scottish National Party: Transition to Power

James Mitchell, Lynn Bennie, and Rob Johns


This book is a study of the Scottish National Party (SNP) immediately after it came to power in May 2007, based on a survey of the entire membership and elite interviews with over eighty senior party figures. Discussion is located within the appropriate literatures and comparisons drawn with other British parties. The image of the SNP as a youthful party, with a decentralized social movement-type organization, is challenged. The party is much older and much more male than had previously been thought and appears more like other conventional parties than its past image suggested. Its increased m ... More

Keywords: political parties, nationalism, Scottish politics, ideology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Mitchell, author
Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde

Lynn Bennie, author
Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Aberdeen

Rob Johns, author
Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Essex