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The Scottish electorate is sophisticated, distinguishing between voting at different levels of election. While this has led to divergence in party support at different levels (though this might be about to change), the bulk of that vote tends towards the centre-left.   
 
Scotland is not inherently more left-wing than England. It does, however, tend to vote more consistently for social democratic parties. This makes the question of Scotland’s political economy pertinent.
 
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Since 1999 and the devolution of power to different regions, it has been important for the four UK administrations to work together and coordinate policies. The main political forum for this is the Joint Ministerial Committee.

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