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Institutional change and identity shift: the case of Scotland

Stroschein, S; (2014) Institutional change and identity shift: the case of Scotland. In: Tripathy, J and Padmanabhan, S, (eds.) Becoming Minority How Discourses and Policies Produce Minorities in Europe and India. (pp. 111-129). SAGE Publications India: New Delhi, India. Green open access

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Abstract

Many studies of state fragmentation and secession emphasize the importance of institutions in these dynamics. Devolved or federal institutions may be intended to placate national sentiments at the regional level, but they often provide a foundation for attempts at secession or independence. Much of the literature on these dynamics emphasizes the material and network resources and infrastructure that sub-state institutions can provide for independence movements. Their discursive and symbolic resources have been less examined. This contribution outlines how the 1997 devolution for Scotland has provided an institutional resource for the Scottish National Movement. However, the institutions of devolution did not only serve as material and infrastructural resource. They also provided a symbolic and ideational context for rhetorical and discursive disputes with the Conservative-Liberal Democrat British government established in Westminster in 2010. The Scottish case is particularly useful to illustrate both the possibilities and limits of these discursive contestations. The Scottish example shows how identities are solidified in the process of contention (Tilly 2008) – thus, whatever the referendum outcome in 2014, Scottish-ness is strengthened by these events.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Institutional change and identity shift: the case of Scotland
ISBN: 9351501531
ISBN-13: 9789351501534
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4135/9789351508090.n6
Publisher version: https://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9789351508090.n6
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: ethnic identity, identity, minorities, Scotland
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079098
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