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By Paolo Dardanelli

This publication is the 1st learn of Scottish devolution to undertake an explicitly comparative procedure and the 1st to examine the effect of the ecu size. it truly is in response to a comparability among the Nineteen Seventies and the Nineteen Nineties, with concentrate on the March 1979 and September 1997 referendums. for every interval, it investigates how political events and curiosity teams perceived the united kingdom and the european, how they outlined their pursuits vis-à-vis them, how perceptions and pursuits formed their concepts and what effect elite techniques had on mass personal tastes and eventually at the referendum results.

Based on rigorous research of an in depth physique of quantitative and qualitative resources, it identifies 3 key elements 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 aid for self-government and the referendum vote. On those findings, it builds a ground-breaking argument that demanding situations the common thesis that aid for devolution used to be a end result of the 'democratic deficit' created by means of eighteen years of Conservative rule. It exhibits that the major elements accounting for different result of the 2 referendums have been a metamorphosis in attitudes to independence and using the ecu size in making a choice on them, instead of the 'democratic deficit'. The e-book hence offers a wholly unique rationalization of Scottish devolution and sheds mild on the most contested questions in modern politics: even if ecu integration results in fragmentation of its constituent states.

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