Nationalist Movements in Comparative Perspective

Michael Keating

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI:
Nationalist Movements in Comparative Perspective

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This chapter presents a description of nationalist movements. Nationalism is a continual argument over the locus and meaning of political authority. Global interdependence has not entailed the disappearance of states, but has restricted their autonomy. Europe gives an external support system for statehood. Nationalism always makes an appeal to the past, the present and the future and nationalist parties' perspectives on the European future are affected by whether they have a ‘usable past’. Europe is elicited as a new political space in which very different meanings can be invested. The ideology and policy measures of nationalist movements are often deeply informed with a form of economic nationalism. The strategy and trajectory of nationalist parties and movements is strongly affected by their competitive context. The Scottish National Party (SNP) shows a vision in which the attainment of statehood itself will resolve its problems, calling in aid the oil wealth when the sums get difficult.

Keywords: nationalist movements; economic nationalism; Scottish National Party; Europe; nationalist parties; statehood

Chapter.  6153 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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