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State of the Union$
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Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258208

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199258201.001.0001

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Conclusion: A Union State without Unionism

Conclusion: A Union State without Unionism

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(p.239) 11 Conclusion: A Union State without Unionism
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State of the Union
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Iain Mclean

Alistair McMillan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199258201.003.0011

This chapter discusses the policy implications of the weakening of Unionism. It considers the pressures on the Conservatives (historically the principled Unionist party, but whose advantage is now served by such centrifugal factors as the advantage of having PR elections in the devolved territories), and on Labour (historically the party that has needed the Union for its centralist social policy, but which no longer needs Scottish and Welsh seats as much as it did); the fragility of union without unionism. It raises the question of whether Parliament or the people is sovereign.

Keywords:   union state, Acts of Union, welfare state unionism, West Lothian Question, Barnett Formula, parliamentary sovereignty, MacCormick

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