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The Making of the Modern SNP: From Protest to Power

Gerry Hassan

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639908.003.0001
The Making of the Modern SNP: From Protest to Power

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This chapter discusses the establishment of the modern Scottish National Party (SNP). The emergence of Scottish and Welsh nationalism was a product of the crisis of the British state and economy and the UK's place in the global economy. The exclusive focus of the published work on the party has been a historical angle with a conspicuous absence of analysing and understanding the contemporary SNP that this book hopes in part to remedy. Social democracy is centred on government intervention and regulation, to make society fairer and less unequal, and on an ideal of freedom that embraces economic and social rights. The SNP has contributed to the vitality and energy of Scotland and Scottish political life in recent years and under devolution. This book hopes to offer insights into and analysis of that journey and the possibilities ahead.

Keywords: Scottish National Party; Scottish nationalism; Welsh nationalism; British state; British economy; social democracy; Scotland; devolution; social rights; economic rights

Chapter.  7233 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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