The Scottish Political System

The Scottish Political System

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First published in 1973, Professor Kellas's account of Scottish government and politics has long been recognised as the standard textbook in the field. Its scope includes a definition of the Scottish political system, and critical descriptions of Scottish administration (central and local), parliamentary activity, parties, electoral behaviour, and pressure groups. Scottish nationalism is given a wider interpretation than usual, covering not only the support for the Scottish National Party, but the manifestations of national feeling in Scottish life generally. The General Election of 1987 provided further evidence of the distinctive character of politics in Scotland, with the Conservative Party reduced to ten MPs, barely sufficient to fill the existing Scottish ministerial posts. In a new postscript Professor Kellas looks at the principal political developments of the period since 1983, and examines the political and constitutional implications of the current imbalance of forces as between Westminster and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 1139240242
  • 9781139240246

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List of illustrations and tables; List of abbreviations; Geo-political glossary; Preface; 1. Scotland as a political system; 2. The constitutional inheritance; 3. The Secretary of State for Scotland and the Scottish Office; 4. The public service in Scotland; 5. Parliament; 6. Political parties and electoral behaviour; 7. Nationalism; 8. Devolution; 9. Local government; 10. Organisations and interest groups; 11. Political communication and the mass media; 12. The policy-making process; 13. The Highland periphery; 14. Conclusion: Scotland in a comparative context; Postscript; Notes; Bibliography; more

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'Everyone concerned with the future of the United Kingdom should read this book.' The Economist 'This is a guide to the central and local institutions of government in Scotland and to political activity in that country ... a mine of information on Scottish social, economic and political affairs ... a useful and informative guide.' British Book Newsshow more

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