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The Scottish National PartyTransition to Power$
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James Mitchell, Lynn Bennie, and Rob Johns

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580002

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580002.001.0001

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Independence, Policies, and Strategies

Independence, Policies, and Strategies

(p.117) 8 Independence, Policies, and Strategies
The Scottish National Party

James Mitchell

Lynn Bennie

Rob Johns

Oxford University Press

Attitudes on Scotland’s constitutional status as well as other policy positions and views on party strategy are explored in this chapter. Most members endorse the official policy of independence in Europe though a sizeable minority oppose EU membership and a section of the party cites an extension of devolution, rather than independence, as first choice. The membership are both moderate left of centre in their subjective assessment of themselves and the party and objectively in terms of various policy positions. It emerges as less coherent on the authoritarian–libertarian spectrum but more liberal than the public at large. It appears to be pragmatic though this may arise from its recent election success.

Keywords:   Independence, European Union, pragmatism, devolution, left–right, authoritarian–libertarian

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