The Strange Death of Labour in Scotland?

The Strange Death of Labour in Scotland?

by Gerry Hassan, Eric Shaw


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748640027
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 07/14/2012
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gerry Hassan is a writer, researcher and broadcaster on Scottish and UK politics and policy.

Eric Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Stirling.

Table of Contents

List of Tables vii

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: The Strange Death of 'Labour Scotland' 1

1 The 'Myth' of 'Labour Scotland' 5

Part 1 The Context of Scottish Labour: The Opposition Years

2 Fighting for What Really Matters: The Politics of Scottish Labour 1979-87 21

3 'What Do You Do When Democracy Fails You?'-'The Scottish Dimension' and Thatcherism 43

4 Northern Discomfort: Scottish Labour, New Labour and the Coming of Blair 63

Part 2 The Context of Scottish Labour: Devolution Days

5 The High Tide of New Labour, New Scotland 81

6 Scottish Labour and 'the Early Days of a Better Nation' 96

7 The Politics of Stability and the Slow Demise of New Labour 109

8 A Different Political Landscape: Scottish Labour in a Cold Climate 126

Part 3 Scottish Labour in Power

9 How Distinctive is Scottish Labour? The Cases of Education and Health 153

10 Ideology, Institutions and the Programmatic Trajectory of Scottish Labour 169

11 The Paradox of Free Personal Care for the Elderly 187

Part 4 Dynamics of Scottish Labour

12 Still the People's Party? Scottish Voting Behaviour and the Scottish Party System 203

13 The Evolution of Scottish Labour 222

14 The Internal Politics of Scottish Labour 245

15 Power and Policy-making 262

16 Power in the Scottish Labour Party: The Case of Candidate Selection 277

17 The Territorial Dimensions of Labour 299

Conclusion: The Forward March of Scottish Labour Halted? 316

References 333

Index 354

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