The evolution and partisan impact of Scottish and Welsh over-representation in the redrawing of British parliamentary constituencies

David Rossiter, Ron Johnston, Charles Pattie

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Abstract

The 'Celtic preference', the over-representation of Scottish and Welsh constituencies in the British House of Commons, is a well-known feature of the UK electoral system. But its origins are little known and more recent than commonly thought, and its consequences not widely discussed. The article places the Celtic preference in the context of attempts to reapportion British parliamentary constituencies, with particular regard to the activities of the post-war Boundary Commissions for England, Wales and Scotland. The electoral impact of the Celtic preference is assessed. Moves towards Scottish and Welsh parliaments will make reform of the preference more pressing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-65
Number of pages17
JournalRegional and Federal Studies
Volume7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1997

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