Pragmatic Nationalists? The Scottish Labour Party and Nationalism

Nicola McEwen

in The Scottish Labour Party

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617845
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672097 | DOI:
Pragmatic Nationalists? The Scottish Labour Party and Nationalism

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This chapter explores the Scottish Labour Party's engagement with the politics of nationalism. It first considers the party's evolution from the Scottish nationalism of its early years towards the adoption of a British strategy. It then discusses the resurgence of an autonomist Scottish nationalism within the Labour Party during the Thatcher years, voiced in the demand for Scottish home rule. The establishment of the Scottish Parliament transformed the terms of the Scottish constitutional debate. Having discarded its nationalist rhetoric, Labour in Scotland now largely shares in the discourse of their British colleagues in aiming to emphasize the values, interests, and objectives which are deemed to hold the peoples of the United Kingdom together.

Keywords: Scottish Labour Party; political parties; nationalism; home rule; Scottish Parliament; constitutional debate

Chapter.  6571 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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