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Devolution, party politics and conservatism
in The territorial Conservative Party
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The Welsh and Scottish Conservative Parties both faced similar challenges in different contexts in 1997. The Welsh Conservatives were able, despite their lack of formal autonomy, to more successfully manage four central post-devolution challenges: being a statewide party in a sub-state context; finding a party goal or new sense of purpose; making sense of the Thatcher legacy and the Conservative Governments (1979-1990); and dealing with devolution. This study has identified three central factors that eased the Welsh Conservatives’ transition, but which were not present to the same extent in Scotland: the almost universal dissatisfaction with the workings of Welsh devolution; the nature of the Welsh party system and the need for the Welsh Conservatives to be a part of any government that did not involve Labour; and the weaker institutionalisation of the Welsh Conservatives.

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The territorial Conservative Party

Devolution and party change in Scotland and Wales


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