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By Paolo Dardanelli

This booklet is the 1st learn of Scottish devolution to undertake an explicitly comparative strategy and the 1st to examine the impression of the eu measurement. it's according to a comparability among the Nineteen Seventies and the Nineteen 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 european, how they outlined their pursuits vis-à-vis them, how perceptions and pursuits formed their ideas and what impact elite concepts had on mass personal tastes and eventually 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 niche 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 help for devolution was once a final result of the 'democratic deficit' created via eighteen years of Conservative rule. It exhibits that the main elements accounting for different result of the 2 referendums have been a metamorphosis in attitudes to independence and using the eu size in settling on them, instead of the 'democratic deficit'. The publication hence offers a wholly unique rationalization of Scottish devolution and sheds mild on essentially the most contested questions in modern politics: no matter if eu integration results in fragmentation of its constituent states.

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