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After being the leading party in Scotland for 50 years, Labour was shocked to lose an election and office to the SNP in the 2007 Scottish Parliamentary elections, and thunderstruck when the SNP won a majority government in the same elections in 2011. This book analyses the last 30 years of Scottish Labour, from the arrival of Thatcherism in 1979 right up to the results of the 2010 Westminster elections and 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

1. Introduction: The Strange Death of Labour Scotland; 2. Was There A ‘Labour Scotland’?; 3. The Distinctiveness of Scottish Labour?; 4. The Challenge of Thatcherism; 5. The Internal Politics of Scottish Labour and the Emergence of New Labour; 6. Labour and the Establishment of the Scottish Parliament; 7. Scottish Labour: The Party on the Ground; 8. Labour and the Scottish Electorate; 9. The Shock of the New: The SNP Wins Office; 10. Conclusion: The Paradoxes of Scottish Labour and its Future.


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  • Paperback, 368 pages
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 9780748640027
  • 25 August 2012
  • £19.99

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