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Has Devolution Delivered?$
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Catherine Bromley and John Curtice

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622467

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622467.001.0001

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Has Devolution Delivered?

John Curtice

Edinburgh University Press

Probably the most remarkable feature of the outcome of the 2003 Scottish Parliament election in Scotland was the success of political parties and election candidates other than those representing one of the country's four largest parties. Such ‘other’ candidates accounted for no fewer than seventeen of the 129 parliamentary members sent to fill the Holyrood chamber. As many as seven of them came from the Scottish Green Party, another six represented the Scottish Socialist Party, while the remainder comprised three independents and a candidate from the Scottish Senior Citizens' Unity Party. This major breakthrough by parties and candidates from outside Scotland's political establishment led to the newly elected body being dubbed by the media a ‘rainbow parliament’. This chapter examines who supported ‘other’ parties in Scottish Parliament elections and why, focusing on the 2003 election and especially the ballot on which such parties were most successful, the list vote.

Keywords:   Scottish Parliament, elections, Scotland, political parties, election candidates, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Socialist Party, Scottish Senior Citizens' Unity Party, list vote

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