The 2016 Scottish Parliament Election: a nationalist minority, a Conservative comeback and a Labour collapse

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Anderson, P. 2016. The 2016 Scottish Parliament Election: a nationalist minority, a Conservative comeback and a Labour collapse. Regional & Federal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2016.1193488
AuthorsAnderson, P.
Abstract

This article examines the political context, campaign, election results and outcomes of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. The Scottish National Party (SNP) secured its third electoral victory, yet failed to achieve a widely predicted majority. With just 2 MSPs short of a majority, the SNP has ruled out any formal coalition with the opposition and will instead govern as a minority administration. The composition of the parliament’s opposition also significantly changed. The Scottish Conservatives increased their share of the constituency and regional votes, and became, for the first time, the largest opposition party in the chamber. Scottish Labour suffered a severe electoral drubbing, losing 13 of its seats. The election was also important for the Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Green Party. The latter increased its vote share and number of seats, leapfrogging the LibDems to become the fourth largest party in the chamber.

Year2016
JournalRegional & Federal Studies
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN1359-7566
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2016.1193488
Publication dates
Online14 Jun 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited08 Jun 2016
Accepted20 May 2016
Accepted author manuscript
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationRegional and Federal Studies
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