A union of hearts?
Republican social democracy and Scottish nationalism
in Making social democrats
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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.

Making social democrats

Citizens, mindsets, realities: Essays for David Marquand


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