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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 Scottish Political Elite View of National Identity

The Scottish Political Elite View of National Identity

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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland

Murrey Stewart Leith

Daniel P. J. Soule

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter seeks an understanding of the sense of Scottish identity held by various individuals within the Scottish political elite ranks. Analysing individual responses on the issue of national identity, it seeks an understanding of their perception of the Scottish nation. To achieve this conversational style, interviews were undertaken with over sixty MSPs and Scots MPs, from all Scottish political parties with representation at these levels, in the period between 2003 and 2009. Each interviewee was given a list of possible questions, asking them to consider the nature of national identity in Scotland from their own personal perspective, as well as from a wider social and political one.

Keywords:   Scottish identity, political elite ranks, Scots MPs, national identity

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