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The Labour Party in Scotland

Religion, the Union, and the Irish Dimension

Authors: Walker, Graham

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This book makes a timely contribution to our understanding of the dramatic political changes that have recently affected Scotland and thrown into doubt the country’s future position within the United Kingdom. Its focus is on the Labour Party and the loss of its traditional electoral support base. This theme is related to religion and its relevance to Scotland’s identity politics. The author examines how Labour was able to appeal across the ethno-religious divide in Scotland for many decades, before considering the impact of the new political context of devolution in the 21st century and the greater scrutiny given to the question of sectarianism in Scottish life. Walker demonstrates the role played by the sectarianism controversy in Labour’s loss of political control and its eclipse by the Scottish National Party (SNP). This book is also the first to assess the significance of the Irish dimension in Scotland’s political development, in particular the impact of the conflict in nearby Northern Ireland.  It will appeal to students and scholars of Scottish and Irish politics, political science and political/electoral history, as well as the interested wider reader.

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Graham Walker is Professor of Political History at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. He has published widely in the fields of British and Irish history and politics, including the books Intimate Strangers: Political and Cultural Interaction Between Scotland and Ulster in Modern Times; and A History of the Ulster Unionist Party: Protest, Pragmatism, and Pessimism.

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“The book is well-written and concise. … The text is an interesting and informative read. The book could easily serve as a helpful point of entry for those new to the field. For those who are more familiar with politics on the island of Ireland, Walker’s way of connecting Scotland to events and people in neighbouring Northern Ireland offers a unique point of view that could be a fruitful departure point for future research projects.” (Erica Frazier, Irish Political Studies, January, 2018)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Labour Party in Scotland
Book Subtitle
Religion, the Union, and the Irish Dimension
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58844-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58844-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58843-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95466-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 103
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