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The squeezed middle? The Liberal Democrats in Wales and Scotland: A post-coalition reassessment

Evans, Adam B. 2015. The squeezed middle? The Liberal Democrats in Wales and Scotland: A post-coalition reassessment. Scottish Affairs 24 (2) , pp. 163-186. 10.3366/scot.2015.0065

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Abstract

In the wake of the repeated electoral losses suffered by the Scottish and Welsh Liberal Democrats in 2011 and 2012, it is perhaps unsurprising that recent analysis has focused on the ‘toxic impact of the federal party's coalition with the Conservative party’ on the devolved state parties electoral fortunes. Certainly this significant electoral collapse, alongside the hostility to both parties recorded in the 2011 Scottish and Welsh electoral surveys, could be said to lend credence to such a research focus.However, this article argues that the real potency of the Westminster coalition has resulted from it exacerbating and exposing weaknesses that have long blighted the Liberal Democrats in Scotland and Wales. Indeed, by adopting an approach that places the Scottish and Welsh Liberal Democrats' current woes within a historical context, this article will contend that such frailties highlight structural weaknesses at the very heart of the Liberal Democrats federally.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liberal Democrats, Devolution, Coalition Government, UK Politics
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISSN: 0966-0356
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2019 10:18
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/72659

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