Surges in Party Membership: The SNP and Scottish Greens after the Independence Referendum

Lynn Bennie*, James Mitchell, Robert Johns

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of a remarkable and unexpected outcome of the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. 

Despite defeat in the Scottish referendum, the two leading parties in the Yes campaign the Scottish National Party and Scottish Green Party experienced an extraordinary surge in membership. The book explains these events, examining the relationship between political parties and social movements, and it assesses the long-term consequences of the surge. Based on surveys of members and interviews with party and movement actors since the referendum, the book analyses the members involvement in the 2014 referendum, their motives for joining a party, their backgrounds and political attitudes, and their behaviour as party members. A key component of the book is how the surge changed the parties socio-demographically, ideologically and organisationally. 

This book will appeal to scholars, students and observers of electoral politics, political participation, social and political movements, and political parties and their members, and more broadly to those interested in the debate on Scottish independence, British politics and comparative politics.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages182
ISBN (Electronic)9780429822056
ISBN (Print)9781138332546
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2024

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in British Politics


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