"The last post" for first-past-the-post? The 2003 Scottish council elections

Bochel, Hugh and Denver, David (2004) "The last post" for first-past-the-post? The 2003 Scottish council elections. Scottish Affairs, 47 (2). pp. 79-98. ISSN 0966-0356

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Abstract

The third round of elections for the 32 unitary Scottish local councils established in 1995 took place on May 1st 2003. As in the previous round in 1999, these were held on the same day as the Scottish Parliament elections. Whereas in Wales council elections were postponed in order to avoid a clash with elections for the National Assembly, the Scottish Executive apparently took the view that the inevitable overshadowing of the local elections by the Parliament elections was a price worth paying in order to
secure the likely benefit of a higher local turnout than would otherwise be the case.

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Additional Information:The third round of elections for the 32 unitary Scottish local councils established in 1995 took place on May 1st 2003. As in the previous round in 1999, these were held on the same day as the Scottish Parliament elections. Whereas in Wales council elections were postponed in order to avoid a clash with elections for the National Assembly, the Scottish Executive apparently took the view that the inevitable overshadowing of the local elections by the Parliament elections was a price worth paying in order to secure the likely benefit of a higher local turnout than would otherwise be the case.
Keywords:scottish council elections, voter participation
Subjects:L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:7085
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:11 Dec 2012 22:52
Last Modified:11 Dec 2012 23:17

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