The1997 Scottish referendum: an analysis of the Scottish referendum

James Mitchell, D. Denver, C. Pattie, H. Bochel

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Referendums are rare events in the United Kingdom. Only one UK-wide
referendum has been held - on membership of the European Community (as
it then was) in 1975 - and before 1997 there had been only three other
significant referendums: in 1973, in Northern Ireland, on the constitutional
position of the province, and in 1979, in Scotland and Wales, on proposals
for devolution. Thus the scarcity of cases available for study in itself makes
the 1997 referendum on a Scottish parliament worthy of close attention. In
addition, however, the fact that Scottish voters were asked to vote on, not
one, but two questions - whether or not they were in favour of a Scottish
parliament and whether such a parliament should have tax-varying powers -
made the Scottish referendum unique among the (admittedly few)
referendums that have been held in Britain.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1988


  • Scotland
  • devolution
  • Scottish independence
  • referendum

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