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Between two unions : Europeanisation and Scottish devolution

Author: Paolo Dardanelli; Manchester University Press,
Publisher: Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2013. ©2006
Series: Devolution series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'This book is the first study of Scottish devolution to adopt an explicitly comparative approach and the first to analyse the impact of the European dimension. It is based on a comparison between the 1970s and the 1990s, with focus on the March 1979 and September 1997 referendums. For each period, it investigates how political parties and interest groups perceived the UK and the EU, how they defined their interests
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Dardanelli, Paolo.
Between two unions: Europeanisation and the Scottish devolution.
Manchester, UK. : Manchester University Press, 2006
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paolo Dardanelli; Manchester University Press,
ISBN: 9781847792136 1847792138
OCLC Number: 1116030213
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Made available via: manchesterhive.
Description: 1 online resource (192 pages)
Contents: 1 Introduction --
Part I. THE 1970s --
2. Political parties --
3. Interest groups --
4. Public opinion --
5. Failed Europeanisation in the 1970s --
Part II .THE 1990s --
6 Political parties --
7 Interest groups --
8. Public opinion --
9. Successful Europeanisation in the 1990s --
Part III. CONCLUSIONS --
10. Explaining Europeanisation and devolution --
11. Epilogue: a new Scotland in a changing Europe --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Devolution series.
Responsibility: Paolo Dardanelli.

Abstract:

'This book is the first study of Scottish devolution to adopt an explicitly comparative approach and the first to analyse the impact of the European dimension. It is based on a comparison between the 1970s and the 1990s, with focus on the March 1979 and September 1997 referendums. For each period, it investigates how political parties and interest groups perceived the UK and the EU, how they defined their interests vis-à-vis them, how perceptions and interests shaped their strategies and what influence elite strategies had on mass preferences and ultimately on the referendum results. Based on rigorous analysis of an extensive body of quantitative and qualitative sources, it identifies three key factors in the changing politics of Scottish devolution: the interaction between attitudes to devolution and attitudes to independence, the exploitation of the European context to shape perceptions of independence and a gap between support for self-government and the referendum vote. On these findings, it builds a ground-breaking argument that challenges the widespread thesis that support for devolution was a consequence of the 'democratic deficit' created by eighteen years of Conservative rule. It shows that the key factors accounting for the different results of the two referendums were a change in attitudes to independence and the use of the European dimension in determining them, rather than the 'democratic deficit'. The book thus presents an entirely original explanation of Scottish devolution and sheds light on one of the most contested questions in contemporary politics: whether European integration leads to fragmentation of its constituent states' --Back cover.

This book is the first in-depth comparative study of Scottish devolution and the first to analyse the impact of the European dimension. With focus on the periods leading up to the referendums in 1979 and 1997, it investigates positions and strategies of political parties and interest groups and how these influenced constitutional preferences at mass level and ultimately the referendum results. Based on rigorous analysis of an extensive body of quantitative and qualitative sources, it builds a ground-breaking argument that challenges the widespread thesis that support for devolution was a consequence of Conservative rule between 1979 and 1997. It shows that the decisive factors were changing attitudes to independence and the role of the European dimension in shaping them. The book is essential reading for students and scholars of British, European and comparative politics from 3rd-year courses upwards and will also appeal to lay readers interested in contemporary affairs.

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