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Description - The Autonomy of Modern Scotland by Lindsay Paterson

This book challenges the assumption that nationalism can only be reflected in seperate institutions of government - such as Scottish parliament. Instead, it argues that nationalist sentiment can be a powerful political force for change without necessarily achieving formal sovereignty. Examining the different forms of federalism and nationalism in large and small countries around the world, Lindsay Paterson concludes that in Scotland as well as in Catalan, Quebec, the United States, Germany and central Europe, national autonomy takes many subtle and different forms, but can still be effective. He analyzes the development of nationalism in Scotland, explaining the political institutions of the country for a non-Scottish audience, and shows how 20th-century nationalism has been successful in setting up many Scottish institutions, despite failing to achieve formal sovereignty through devolution. He compares the situation in Catalan and relates the Scottish experience to the future of English and European nationalism in the growth of the new European Union. This work is intended for undergraduate students of government, politics, society and the comparative study of nationalism; and general readers interested in Scottish politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748605255
ISBN-10: 0748605258
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 23mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Lindsay Paterson

Lindsay Paterson is Professor of Educational Policy at the University of Edinburgh. His books include The Scottish Electorate, >A Diverse Assembly, The Autonomy of Modern Scotland and Politics and Society in Scotland.

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