Explaining the ‘quiet earthquake’: voting behaviour in the first election to the National Assembly for Wales

Roger Scully, Richard Llywelyn Wyn Jones, Dafydd Trystan

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38 Dyfyniadau(SciVal)

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This paper examines voting behaviour in the inaugural election to the National Assembly for Wales (NAW), held in May 1999. We address two questions: (i) why did the election produce a ‘quiet earthquake’ in Welsh electoral politics, with the nationalist Plaid Cymru denying the Labour party their expected majority in the Assembly?; and (ii) what broader lessons does this case-study offer for the study of elections in the UK under devolution? Drawing on data from the Welsh National Assembly Election Study, we find that while some features of second-order election theories, such as lower turnout and a lower vote share for the governing party were manifest, contrary to the predictions of such theories the surge in electoral support for Plaid was largely prompted by Welsh-specific factors rather than UK-wide ones. The findings are argued to indicate limits to the applicability of second-order approaches to the study of devolved elections in the UK.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)635-650
Nifer y tudalennau16
CyfnodolynElectoral Studies
Cyfrol22
Rhif cyhoeddi4
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 25 Rhag 2003

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