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The new sub-national politics of the British Labour Party.

Laffin, M. and Shaw, E. and Taylor, G. (2007) 'The new sub-national politics of the British Labour Party.', Party politics., 13 (1). pp. 88-108.


The response of national, state-level political parties to the challenges of competing for power at the devolved, regional levels is a neglected research topic. This article seeks to remedy this by analysing how the British Labour Party has responded to these challenges at the sub-national level following UK devolution. British Labour remains formally a unitary party despite devolution. Nonetheless, the national party leadership has allowed the Scottish and Welsh Labour Parties considerable freedom, in practice, to select candidates, conduct regional-level elections and implement some distinctive policies. Meanwhile, the Scottish and Welsh Labour Parties have shifted significantly from being traditional, centralized parties with a single hierarchical organization towards being more pluralist, less hierarchical organizations.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:British Labour Party, Devolution, Party organization, Scotland, Wales.
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Record Created:15 Oct 2008
Last Modified:09 Dec 2016 11:36

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