Multi-level politics and party change : a study of three British parties since devolution
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AbstractThe territorial dimension has become a significant feature of party politics in Europe. Political parties face an environment where governing institutions at the regional and the European level have increased in importance. How parties respond to such denationalisation is the topic of this dissertation, which analyses developments in three statewide parties in Britain since the creation of the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales in 1999.
During the last decade a new set of relations has evolved between London, Edinburgh and Cardiff, and this is also reflected in Britainâ€™s representation in the EU. Seen against this backdrop, the organisational change in British parties has been modest. Despite the changing circumstances, the traditional power allocation in each of the parties largely holds sway. It is sustained by inherited organisational structures and ideas about the appropriate allocation of power. However, even if parties are typically late reformers, certain conditions can open for more profound party reform. The most obvious example is found where an electoral downturn coincides with the presence of authoritative regional elites.
The dissertation consists of an introductory chapter and four empirical articles analysing multi-level politics and party change in Britain.
List of papers.
Paper I: Bratberg, Ø.: Institutional resilience meets critical junctures: (re)allocation of power in three British parties post-devolution. Publius (2010) 40 (1): 59-81. First published online: October 1, 2009 doi:10.1093/publius/pjp026
Paper II: Bratberg, Ø.: Party legacies and institutional gravity: the dynamic between Members of Parliament and Assembly Members in Wales. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in: The Journal of Legislative Studies (2011) 17 (4): 458-478. doi:10.1080/13572334.2011.617551
Paper III: Braterg, Ø.: Multi-level parties in process: Scottish and Welsh MEPs and their home parties. This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in: West European Politics (2010) 33 (4): 851 - 869. doi:10.1080/01402381003794654
Paper IV: Bratberg, Ø.: Hostages to exceptionalism? Party politics and the Scottish abolition of tuition fees. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article. published in: Higher Education Policy (2011) 24, 285–306. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: doi:10.1057/hep.2011.5