Conclusion: A Union State without Unionism

Iain Mclean and Alistair McMillan

in State of the Union

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199258208
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603334 | DOI:
 Conclusion: A Union State without Unionism

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This chapter discusses the policy implications of the weakening of Unionism. It considers the pressures on the Conservatives (historically the principled Unionist party, but whose advantage is now served by such centrifugal factors as the advantage of having PR elections in the devolved territories), and on Labour (historically the party that has needed the Union for its centralist social policy, but which no longer needs Scottish and Welsh seats as much as it did); the fragility of union without unionism. It raises the question of whether Parliament or the people is sovereign.

Keywords: union state; Acts of Union; welfare state unionism; West Lothian Question; Barnett Formula; parliamentary sovereignty; MacCormick

Chapter.  8055 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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