Significant difference from small difference? Explaining differing party system development in Scotland and Wales

Roger Awan-Scully, Malcolm Harvey

Research output: Contribution to conferenceUnpublished paper

Abstract

With the 20th anniversary of devolution in 2019, we have now seen five elections to devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales and have plentiful data to analyse trends and developments in the electoral politics of both nations. This paper explores the differences in party system development in Scotland and Wales in this time period. By utilizing a most-similar case study design, we consider two strands of party systems theory – institutional and sociological approaches – and apply those to the two cases. We hypothesise that differences in both the institutional setting and the wider sociological concerns of the electorate in each case has led to the emergence of similar but significantly different party systems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusUnpublished - Apr 2021
EventPolitical Studies Association 2021 - Queens University, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Mar 202131 Mar 2021

Conference

ConferencePolitical Studies Association 2021
Abbreviated titlePSA
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period29/03/2131/03/21

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