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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland$
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Murray Stewart Leith and Daniel P. J. Soule

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748637362

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.001.0001

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The Changing Sense of Scotland: the Political Employment of National Identity

The Changing Sense of Scotland: the Political Employment of National Identity

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(p.38) 3 The Changing Sense of Scotland: the Political Employment of National Identity
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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland
Author(s):

Murrey Stewart Leith

Daniel P. J. Soule

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637362.003.0003

This chapter illustrates how the nationalist–unionist issue has changed over the last forty years in Scottish politics. The manifesto content analysis indicates the changing employment of a sense of Scottish identity in the central campaigning documents of mainstream politics, particularly in relation to the congruent British identity. The chapter turns to a consideration of the political focus on national identity and nationalism in Scottish manifestos issued for British General Elections from the 1970s onwards. As parties look to create an ideological, political platform in Scotland, this platform also impacts, and is impacted upon by, the sense of national identity in Scotland.

Keywords:   nationalist–unionist, manifesto content analysis, Scottish politics, British identity, British General Election

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