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Title: The Scottish Parliament Election 2016: Another Momentous Event but Dull Campaign
Author(s): Cairney, Paul
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Keywords: Scottish Parliament elections
Scottish National Party
Scottish Conservatives
Scottish Labour
minority government
Scottish independence
Issue Date: Aug-2016
Date Deposited: 10-Nov-2016
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.
DOI Link: 10.3366/scot.2016.0136
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:

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