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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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(Re)describing Scottish National Identity

(Re)describing Scottish National Identity

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Political Discourse and National Identity in Scotland

Murrey Stewart Leith

Daniel P. J. Soule

Edinburgh University Press

In the treatment of national identity and political discourse in Scotland over the past forty years, this chapter looks into the manner in which political parties have employed national identity within the political arena, and examines the wider issues of elite and mass conceptions of Scottish national identity and how these have been exhibited within both groups. It looks at manifestos of the Scottish political parties, both those issued for British General Elections since 1970 and those for Scottish Parliament elections. The chapter gauges the movement of the four major parties along both a nationalist–unionist spectrum and the ‘traditional’ left–right spectrum of UK politics, noting how the mainstream parties, including the SNP, have, during the time when nationalism became an open and intrinsic aspect of the Scottish political system, engaged with that core identity of the Scottish electorate.

Keywords:   Scotland, national identity, nationalism, political parties, British General Elections, Scottish Parliament, UK politics

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