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A union of hearts?
Republican social democracy and Scottish nationalism
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The movement of opinion in favour of Scottish nationalism registered by the 2014 Scottish independence referendum catapulted the case for a separate Scottish state to the heart of British political debate. Union in particular, a much more in-depth and forensic engagement with the ideas of Scottish nationalism is badly needed. The advocates of Scottish independence have by necessity already spent a long time scrutinising the case for the Union, whatever else might be said about the quality of their political thought. This chapter considers why modern Scottish nationalism presents such a searching challenge to the reforming republican social democracy that authors such as David Marquand delineated during the 1980s and 1990s. At one level the challenge posed to a British republican social democracy by the rise of Scottish nationalism is simply to question the assumption that the appropriate territorial unit for this sort of political project is Britain.

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