A free one-day conference, 20th June 2013
hosted by the Scottish Political Archive
C1, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling. FK9 4LA
The Scottish Independence Referendum will be a historic event in the constitutional history of Scotland, the UK and Europe. As the Yes and No campaigns gather steam, this conference will bring together experts on political parties to examine the strategies of the different political parties towards the independence referendum in 2014. Although the campaign is broadly structured around two opposed campaign ‘umbrellas’, namely ‘Yes Scotland’ and ‘Better Together’, the role of parties in the run up to the referendum is an important one in shaping the competing strategies of either side. How parties approach the referendum and how they cooperate within broader campaign structures are important questions that will be discussed at the conference. The papers will examine a range of common factors and dimensions amongst the four main political parties:
The evolution of party attitudes to the autonomy issue
- Party strategy for the referendum and its aftermath
- Partisan motives, goals and behaviours during the long referendum campaign
- The discursive strategies adopted by party actors
- The multi-level dimensions to party strategy
9.45am – Welcome from Kevin Adamson and Peter Lynch, University of Stirling
10am – ‘Party strategy and the Referendum’ – Matt Qvortrup, Cranfield University.
10.30am – ‘The Scottish Tories’ – David Torrance, journalist and author.
11am – Coffee Break
11.15am – ‘Scottish Labour’ – Eric Shaw, University of Stirling.
11.45am – ‘The Scottish Liberal Democrats’ – Malcolm Harvey, University of Aberdeen.
12.15pm – ‘The Scottish National Party’ – Kevin Adamson and Peter Lynch, University of Stirling.
12.45pm – Concluding discussion
1.00pm – Lunch
2.00pm – Close
To book a place please email Sarah Bromage at firstname.lastname@example.org