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The Strange Death of Labour Scotland


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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.

About the Author

Gerry Hassan is a writer, researcher and broadcaster on Scottish and UK politics and policy, and co-author of The Political Guide to Modern Scotland: People, Places and Power (Politico's 2004). Eric Shaw is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Stirling. He is author of Losing Labour's Soul (Routledge, 2007) and Discipline and Discord in the Labour Party (Manchester University Press, 1988).


'In this significant book, two scholars with a deep understanding of the Labour Party have explored the 'myth of Labour Scotland'. By 'myth' the authors capture the very real strength of Labour in Scotland but also the equally important existence of a widespread belief in Labour's dominance. They explain why the belief in Scottish Labour hegemony was less real than was often imagined and how devolution, especially its more proportional voting system, exposed the myth. The authors explore how this happened and devolution's impact on the party. The book combines public policy analysis, analysis of Labour's changing electoral base, the impact of New Labour, governing Scotland under devolution and its efforts to address the Scottish Question. This is not only the most up to date book on Labour in Scotland but the most comprehensive analysis of the party. It is required reading for anyone seeking to understand modern Scottish politics.' -- Professor James Mitchell, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde

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