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A Better Union?

Paula Surridge

in Has Devolution Delivered?

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622467
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622467.003.0003
A Better Union?

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There was a range of official and unofficial motivations for the creation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, but it is clear that not least among those motivations was the aim of keeping Scotland within the United Kingdom. The extent to which this has been achieved has certainly been a recurrent theme in research on the impact of devolution. This chapter examines attitudes to the Union in post-devolution Scotland, adopting a broader conception of the Union than is usually taken. As well as considering Scots' constitutional preferences, it also focuses on how well they think the Union is working and the degree of emotional attachment that Scots exhibit towards the United Kingdom. These three aspects of attitudes towards the Union can be labelled the cognitive, the evaluative and the affective. The chapter considers one of the crucial affective underpinnings of the Union, national identity.

Keywords: Scotland; Union; Scottish Parliament; United Kingdom; national identity; devolution; attitudes

Chapter.  6260 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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