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Publicity, Parties and Patronage: Parliamentary Management and the Ratification of the Anglo-Scottish Union

Stewart J. Brown and Christopher A. Whatley

in The Union of 1707

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748638024
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672295 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638024.003.0005
Publicity, Parties and Patronage: Parliamentary Management and the Ratification of the Anglo-Scottish Union

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Since 1707, observers have asked to what degree the Scottish Parliament of 1706–1707 was ‘managed’ into ratifying a treaty of union with England. This chapter examines the impact of management in the ratification of the Union treaty, not by rehearsing familiar instances of patronage and power-broking, but by demonstrating how these tactics evolved in response to the rise of more public and partisan politics in Scotland. It argues that from the Darien crisis onwards, the changing nature of Scottish politics challenged the crown's normal methods of management and forced ministers to develop a wider range of practices, including concessions to oppositional opinion expressed in public debate, to rebuild a Court party majority. By tracing the interaction between public and party politics and the crown's management efforts from 1700, the chapter offers a contextual understanding of the role of management in the passage of the Union treaty in 1706–1707.

Keywords: Scottish Parliament; treaty of union; England; Scotland; Union; ratification; patronage; management; politics

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