Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives : banal activism, electioneering and the politics of irrelevance
Smith, Alexander (2011) Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives : banal activism, electioneering and the politics of irrelevance. New ethnographies . Manchester ; New York, NY: Manchester ; New York, NY : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719079696Full text not available from this repository.
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This highly readable book is a unique, ethnographic study of devolution and Scottish politics as well as Party political activism more generally. It explores how Conservative Party activists who had opposed devolution and the movement for a Scottish Parliament during the 1990s attempted to mobilise politically following their annihilation at the 1997 General Election. It draws on fieldwork conducted in Dumfries and Galloway - a former stronghold for the Scottish Tories - to describe how senior Conservatives worked from the assumption that they had endured their own ‘crisis’ in representation. The material consequences of this crisis included losses of financial and other resources, legitimacy and local knowledge for the Scottish Conservatives. This book ethnographically describes the processes, practices and relationships that Tory Party activists sought to enact during the 2003 Scottish and local Government elections. Its central argument is that, having asserted that the difficulties they faced constituted problems of knowledge, Conservative activists cast to the geographical and institutional margins of Scotland became ‘banal’ activists. Believing themselves to be lacking in the data and information necessary for successful mobilisation during Parliamentary elections, local Tory Party strategists attempted to address their knowledge ‘crisis’ by burying themselves in paperwork and petty bureaucracy. Such practices have often escaped scholarly attention because they appear everyday and mundane and are therefore less noticeable.
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Conservative Party (Scotland), Decentralization in government -- Scotland., Scotland -- Politics and government -- 21st century.|
|Series Name:||New ethnographies|
|Publisher:||Manchester ; New York, NY : Manchester University Press|
|Place of Publication:||Manchester ; New York, NY|
|Number of Pages:||152|
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