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The Scottish Question

James Mitchell


Over half a century ago, a leading commentator suggested that Scotland was very unusual in being a country which was a nation but in no sense a state. He asked whether something ‘so anomalous’ could continue to exist in the modern world. This book considers how Scotland has retained its sense of self and how this has changed against a backdrop of fundamental changes in society, economy, and the role of the state over the course of the union. The Scottish Question has been a shifting mix of linked issues and concerns including national identity; Scotland’s constitutional status and structures o ... More

Keywords: Scotland, nation, union, identity, politics, society, economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Mitchell, author
Professor of Public Policy, University of Edinburgh