Tensions between constituency and regional members of the Scottish Parliament under mixed-member proportional representation: a failure of the new politics

Lundberg, T. C. (2014) Tensions between constituency and regional members of the Scottish Parliament under mixed-member proportional representation: a failure of the new politics. Parliamentary Affairs, 67(2), pp. 351-370. (doi:10.1093/pa/gss055)

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Abstract

About a decade after devolution in the UK created a Scottish Parliament elected by mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation, tensions between those representatives elected by the two different routes (single-member constituency and multimember region) remained. This article shows how controversies in 2008 over the level of office allowances, as well as the wording of the code of conduct, demonstrate that Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) held differing views on the constituency role of MSPs, and that the partisan animosity between the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Scottish Labour has been exacerbated by the competition at the constituency level facilitated by MMP. This deeply partisan outcome, while reflecting the successful operation of rational choice logic on the part of individual politicians, worked against the larger attempt to engineer a less adversarial post-devolution politics in Scotland.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lundberg, Dr Thomas
Authors: Lundberg, T. C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Parliamentary Affairs
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0031-2290
ISSN (Online):1460-2482
Published Online:18 September 2012
Published Online:18 September 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 The Author
First Published:First published in Parliamentary Affairs 67(2):351-370
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
521831New Zealand, New Politics, and Mixed-Member Proportional Representation: Lessons for Scotland?Thomas LundbergThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGIE)52183SPS - POLITICS