|Appears in Collections:||History and Politics Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||The Scottish Parliament Election 2016: Another Momentous Event but Dull Campaign|
|Keywords:||Scottish Parliament elections|
Scottish National Party
|Citation:||Cairney P (2016) The Scottish Parliament Election 2016: Another Momentous Event but Dull Campaign, Scottish Affairs, 25 (3), pp. 277-293.|
|Abstract:||The Scottish Parliament election in 2016 produced two surprising results: it represents a reversal of SNP/ Labour party fortunes so complete that we now take it for granted, but the SNP did not achieve a widely-expected majority; and, the huge surge of support for the Scottish Conservatives was enough to make it (easily) the second largest party. A mistaken sense of inevitability of the result – another SNP majority – helped produce a dull campaign and keep alive the prospect of a second referendum on Scottish independence. This article has four main sections: putting the 2016 election in recent historical context; considering the implications of consistently high SNP support on the constitution; highlighting key issues in the election campaign; and, examining the SNP's policy agenda from 2016.|
|Rights:||Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Scottish Affairs (2016), 25 (3), pp. 277-293 by Edinburgh University Press. The original publication is available at: http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/scot.2016.0136|
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