Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Management, Work and Organisation Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Antinomies of Insurgency: The Case of the Scottish National Party
Author(s): Foley, James
Montgomery, Tom
Kerr, Ewan
Contact Email:
Keywords: (de)politicisation
Scottish National Party
Scottish politics
Issue Date: 21-Sep-2023
Date Deposited: 21-Sep-2023
Citation: Foley J, Montgomery T & Kerr E (2023) The Antinomies of Insurgency: The Case of the Scottish National Party. <i>Political Quarterly</i>.
Abstract: The Scottish National Party (SNP) has emerged from generations on the periphery to make a substantial imprint on mainstream British politics. However, in only a matter of months, the foundations of that success have crumbled and, by the admission of its leaders, the SNP is experiencing its greatest crisis in five decades. The roots of this crisis are not well understood, since most recent research has sought to explain the SNP's post-2014 successes. However, the article argues that these successes have always hinged upon a prior moment of politicisation in 2014 on the one hand, and annual cycles of mobilisation and demobilisation on the other. The article draws attention to the SNP's governing strategy of stabilising itself through a process of strategic depoliticisation on independence, which supplanted activist mobilisation with a politics of spectatorship. It then goes on to suggest that, for the SNP, this depended on a paradox of crisis in the British state and being a governing party of the British state.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1467-923X.13314

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Political Quarterly - 2023 - Foley - The Antinomies of Insurgency The Case of the Scottish National Party.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version215.62 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.