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Scotland and the Union 1707-2007$
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Tom Devine

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635412

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635412.001.0001

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How Firm are the Foundations? Public Attitudes to the Union in 2007

How Firm are the Foundations? Public Attitudes to the Union in 2007

(p.210) 13 How Firm are the Foundations? Public Attitudes to the Union in 2007
Scotland and the Union 1707-2007
T.M. Devine
Edinburgh University Press

This chapter addresses whether the Scottish National Party (SNP)'s ‘victory’ in May 2007 does show that the introduction of devolution has served to undermine public support for the Anglo-Scottish Union in Scotland. It also evaluates the trends in national identity. It then looks at Scots' constitutional preferences and how they might have been influenced by devolution. Devolution is more probably to be regarded as having had a favourable rather than an unfavourable impact on a number of measures. There is significant public support for changing the way in which the devolved institutions are financed. The SNP may be devoted to making Scotland independent, but its election to office does not appear to have signified growing public discontent with the Union. The SNP has always outscored other parties in Scotland when people are asked how closely the various parties look after the interests of people in Scotland.

Keywords:   Scottish National Party, Anglo-Scottish Union, Scotland, national identity, devolution, constitutional preferences, election

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