Zachary Greene

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    Tactical voting in referendums: did SNP’s mixed signals encourage those for independence to vote for Brexit?

Tactical voting in referendums: did SNP’s mixed signals encourage those for independence to vote for Brexit?

Zachary Greene, Jae-Jae Spoon and Christopher Williams argue that some proponents of Scottish independence may have resorted to tactical voting in the EU referendum. They did so in the hope that a Leave win would make a second Independence referendum more likely, responding to hints by SNP leaders to this effect. 

Proponents of direct democracy and referendums often point to […]

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    Setting the policy agenda: the role of economic context, parliamentary majority and party membership

Setting the policy agenda: the role of economic context, parliamentary majority and party membership

There are conflicting beliefs about the influence of parties on policy. Sceptical observers point to broken pledges and competing demands on governments’ legislative time; others decry overt partisanship. Yet, as Shaun Bevan and Zachary Greene argue, parties do draw policies towards their stated goals if they cannot complete their policy mandates.

Studies of partisan influence show that parties rarely pursue policies based […]