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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The New Sub-National Politics of the British Labour Party
Author(s): Laffin, Martin
Shaw, Eric
Taylor, Gerald
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Keywords: British Labour Party
party organization
Labour Party (Great Britain)
Political parties Great Britain
Decentralization in government Great Britain
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Date Deposited: 14-Apr-2009
Citation: Laffin M, Shaw E & Taylor G (2007) The New Sub-National Politics of the British Labour Party. Party Politics, 13 (1), pp. 88-108.
Abstract: The response of national, state-level political parties to the challenges of competing for power at the devolved, regional levels is a neglected research topic. This article seeks to remedy this neglect by analyzing how the British Labour Party has responded to these challenges at the subnational level following UK devolution. British Labour remains formally a unitary party despite governmental devolution. Nonetheless, the national party leadership has allowed the Scottish and Welsh Parties considerable freedom, in practice, to select candidates, conduct regional-level elections and implement some distinctive policies. Meanwhile, the Scottish and Welsh Labour Parties have shifted significantly from being traditional, centralized parties with a single hierarchical organization towards more pluralist, less hierarchical organizations.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1354068806071265
Rights: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Party Politics, Vol 13/Issue Number 1, 2007, © SAGE Publications, Inc. 2007 by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Party Politics page: on SAGE Journals Online:

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