Do constitutional preferences affect citizens’ representational choices? Evidence from the devolved UK

Alan Convery, David C. W. Parker*, Pavielle E. Haines, Sheridan Johnson, Rachel Schmidt

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Abstract

The creation of the Scottish Parliament provided Scottish citizens with an additional layer of politicians to represent them. But to whom do constituents turn when seeking help with a problem—councillors, MSPs, or MPs? We assess how partisanship, national identity, and shared competences affect public perceptions of the governing responsibilities of the UK Parliament, Scottish Parliament, and local councils. We find that an individual’s national identity considerably affects perceptions of the political powers delegated to Scottish political institutions. We conclude by considering the implications for efforts to further devolve powers to the devolved legislatures in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbergsab044
JournalParliamentary Affairs
Early online date1 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • parliaments
  • devolution
  • Scotland
  • national identity
  • UK politics
  • multi-level governance

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