Coping with coalitions? Scottish voters under a proportional system

Robert Johns, Christopher Carman

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It is clear that coalition governments are likely to become a fact of political life in Scotland. In this paper we use data from the 2007 Scottish Election Study to examine how well the Scottish public understands these governing arrangements and whether they are developing stable and consistent attitudes towards coalitions in general. The results suggest that, while currently there is considerable confusion, Scottish voters are slowly learning to cope with coalitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-315
Number of pages15
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2008


  • Scottish election study
  • coalition
  • government


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