The National Question and Electoral Politics in Quebec and Scotland

Éric Bélanger, Richard Nadeau, Ailsa Henderson, Eve Hepburn

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Abstract

In Quebec and Scotland, questions of constitutional change, national identity, and national grievance play an important role in the electoral calculations of political parties and voters. Taking a strong stance on the national question can have strategic benefits both for parties pushing for greater autonomy and for those endorsing the status quo.

In this in-depth look at issue voting, authors Éric Bélanger, Richard Nadeau, Ailsa Henderson, and Eve Hepburn examine how the national question affects political parties and voter behaviour in both substate nations. Through party manifestos, interviews with legislators, and opinion survey data, this book demonstrates that calls for constitutional change influence political debate, competition, voter choice, and the outcome of elections not only within Quebec and Scotland but also across Canada and the United Kingdom. Minority nationalist parties, the authors show, can gain support by claiming ownership of issues with widespread public agreement, such as self-determination and protecting the identity and interests of the nation.

A comprehensive analysis of recent electoral politics, The National Question and Electoral Politics in Quebec and Scotland greatly enhances our understanding of the electoral impact of substate nationalism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMontreal; Kingston
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic)9780773554139, 9780773554146
ISBN (Print)9780773553279, 9780773553262
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameDemocracy, Diversity, and Citizen Engagement Series
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press

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