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The Independence of Scotland: Self-government and the Shifting Politics of Union

Michael Keating


After three hundred years, the Anglo-Scottish Union is in serious difficulty. This is not because of a profound cultural divide between England and Scotland but because recent decades have seen the rebuilding of Scotland as a political community while the ideology and practices of the old unionism have atrophied. Yet while Britishness is in decline, it has not been replaced by a dominant ideology of Scottish independence. Rather Scots are looking to renegotiate union to find a new place in the Isles, in Europe and in the world. There are few legal, constitutional or political obstacles to Scot ... More

Keywords: Union, Independence, Scottish nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199545957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Keating, author
Professor of Political Science, European University Institute, Florence and University of Aberdeen
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