A descriptive and analytical introduction to Scottish government and politics. The textbook covers the emergence of the Scottish parliament and its impact on politics and political actors such as the media, the political parties, pressure groups and the electorate at large. The internal dynamics of the new developed system are explained and the impact of the parliament on the UK is explored. Chapters cover the following topics: the new Scotland; nationalism and the road to devolution; the Parliament; elections; local government and regional politics; and the Constitution.
Peter Lynch is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Stirling and author of Minority Nationalism and European Integration (1996) and SNP: The History of the Scottish National Party (2002), co-editor of Out of the Ghetto? The Catholic Community in Modern Scotland (1998) and co-author of The Almanac of Scottish Politics (2001).