Between two unions

Europeanisation and Scottish devolution

By Paolo Dardanelli

Between two unions

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9623-3
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Politics & government, Comparative politics, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Scotland, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General, Scotland, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Politics, United States of America, USA
  • Series: Devolution


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.


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

10 Explaining Europeanisation and devolution
11 Epilogue: a new Scotland in a changing Europe



Paolo Dardanelli is Lecturer in European and Comparative Politics at the University of Kent

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