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Debating Scotland: Issues of Independence and Union in the 2014 Referendum

Michael Keating


The Scottish referendum of 2014 represented a rare event in advanced industrial democracies. It posed a simple question about whether Scotland should be independent, but this choice hid a spectrum of possibilities and public opinion tended towards a middle ground. The campaign focused on a broad range of economic and social issues beyond independence and engaged a wide swathe of society. The protagonists included the two governments; all the political parties; the official Yes and No campaigns; social movements; civil society; academic researchers; and international actors. Knowing how public ... More

Keywords: referendum, independence, Scotland, public opinion, risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789819
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198789819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Keating, editor
Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen

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1 The Scottish Independence Debate

Michael Keating and Nicola McEwen

2 The Economy

Patrizio Lecca, Peter G. McGregor, and J. Kim Swales

3 Public Finance and Taxation

David Bell and David Eiser

4 The Currency Issue

Coree Brown Swan and Bettina Petersohn

5 Welfare

Nicola McEwen

6 The European Question

Michael Keating

7 Defence and Security

Colin Fleming

10 Voters’ Response to the Campaign

Robert Liñeira, Ailsa Henderson, and Liam Delaney

11 Beyond the Referendum

Nicola McEwen and Michael Keating

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