Degrees of Independence: SNP Thinking in an International Context

Eve Hepburn

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI:
Degrees of Independence: SNP Thinking in an International Context

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This chapter explores the Scottish National Party (SNP)'s early demands for self-government. It assesses the idea of ‘independence in Europe’. It also addresses how the existence of a devolved Scottish Parliament has altered the context for pursuing independence. It then considers how the meaning of independence has been irrevocably changed in a post-sovereign world, and the challenges small nations face from (in particular, economic) globalisation. The SNP's position on independence was fundamentally altered by two processes of state restructuring. Devolution has benefited the SNP. The SNP is in a position to affect public opinion on the merits of independence and has a range of mechanisms at its disposal to do this. The SNP highlight the extensive linkages and interdependencies between Scotland and the rest of the UK. It supported ‘degrees of independence’ for Scotland, which have been informed by considerations of state partnership, European integration and globalisation.

Keywords: independence; Scottish National Party; Scottish Parliament; globalisation; Scotland; UK; state partnership; European integration; independence; devolution

Chapter.  5810 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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