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By Paolo Dardanelli

This publication is the 1st examine of Scottish devolution to undertake an explicitly comparative process and the 1st to examine the influence of the eu size. it really is in response to a comparability among the Nineteen Seventies and the Nineties, with specialize in the March 1979 and September 1997 referendums. for every interval, it investigates how political events and curiosity teams perceived the united kingdom and the ecu, how they outlined their pursuits vis-à-vis them, how perceptions and pursuits formed their thoughts and what impact elite innovations had on mass personal tastes and finally at the referendum results.

Based on rigorous research of an intensive physique of quantitative and qualitative assets, it identifies 3 key components within the altering politics of Scottish devolution: the interplay among attitudes to devolution and attitudes to independence, the exploitation of the ecu context to form perceptions of independence and a spot among help for self-government and the referendum vote. On those findings, it builds a ground-breaking argument that demanding situations the common thesis that help for devolution used to be a outcome of the 'democratic deficit' created by means of eighteen years of Conservative rule. It exhibits that the most important components accounting for the several result of the 2 referendums have been a transformation in attitudes to independence and using the eu measurement in choosing them, instead of the 'democratic deficit'. The booklet hence provides a wholly unique rationalization of Scottish devolution and sheds mild on the most contested questions in modern politics: no matter if eu integration results in fragmentation of its constituent states.

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