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The Scottish Political Elite View of National Identity

Murrey Stewart Leith and Daniel P. J. Soule

in Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748637362
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.003.0007
The Scottish Political Elite View of National Identity

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This chapter seeks an understanding of the sense of Scottish identity held by various individuals within the Scottish political elite ranks. Analysing individual responses on the issue of national identity, it seeks an understanding of their perception of the Scottish nation. To achieve this conversational style, interviews were undertaken with over sixty MSPs and Scots MPs, from all Scottish political parties with representation at these levels, in the period between 2003 and 2009. Each interviewee was given a list of possible questions, asking them to consider the nature of national identity in Scotland from their own personal perspective, as well as from a wider social and political one.

Keywords: Scottish identity; political elite ranks; Scots MPs; national identity

Chapter.  8257 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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