The National Question and Electoral Politics in Quebec and Scotland

The National Question and Electoral Politics in Quebec and Scotland

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A comprehensive look at the intricacies of issue voting in substate nations.
"In Quebec and Scotland, questions of constitutional change, national identity, and national grievance play an important role in the electoral calculations of political parties and voters. Taking a strong stance on the national question can have strategic benefits both for parties pushing for greater autonomy and for those endorsing the status quo. In this in-depth look at issue voting, authors Éric Bélanger, Richard Nadeau, Ailsa Henderson, and Eve Hepburn examine how the national question affects political parties and voter behaviour in both substate nations. Through party manifestos, interviews with legislators, and opinion survey data, this book demonstrates that calls for constitutional change influence political debate, competition, voter choice, and the outcome of elections not only within Quebec and Scotland but also across Canada and the United Kingdom. Minority nationalist parties, the authors show, can gain support by claiming ownership of issues with widespread public agreement, such as self-determination and protecting the identity and interests of the nation. A comprehensive analysis of recent electoral politics, The National Question and Electoral Politics in Quebec and Scotland greatly enhances our understanding of the electoral impact of substate nationalism."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780773554139
0773554130
9780773554146
0773554149
9780773553262
0773553266
9780773553279
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Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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