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Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives: Banal Activism, Electioneering and the Politics of Irrelevance

Alexander Smith


This book is an ethnographic study of devolution and politics in Scotland, as well as of party-political activism more generally. It explores how Conservative Party activists who had opposed devolution and the movement for a Scottish Parliament during the 1990s attempted to mobilise politically following their annihilation at the 1997 General Election. The book draws on fieldwork conducted in Dumfries and Galloway – a former stronghold for the Scottish Tories – to describe how senior Conservatives worked from the assumption that they had endured their own ‘crisis’ in representation. The materi ... More

Keywords: devolution, Scotland, politics, party-political activism, Conservative Party, Scottish Parliament, Tories, Conservatives, elections, bureaucracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079696
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Smith, author