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The Union of 1707New Dimensions: Scottish Historical Review Supplementary Issue$
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S J Brown and Christopher Whatley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638024

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638024.001.0001

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Publicity, Parties and Patronage: Parliamentary Management and the Ratification of the Anglo-Scottish Union

Publicity, Parties and Patronage: Parliamentary Management and the Ratification of the Anglo-Scottish Union

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(p.78) Chapter 5 Publicity, Parties and Patronage: Parliamentary Management and the Ratification of the Anglo-Scottish Union
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The Union of 1707
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Stewart J. Brown

Christopher A. Whatley

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638024.003.0005

Since 1707, observers have asked to what degree the Scottish Parliament of 1706–1707 was ‘managed’ into ratifying a treaty of union with England. This chapter examines the impact of management in the ratification of the Union treaty, not by rehearsing familiar instances of patronage and power-broking, but by demonstrating how these tactics evolved in response to the rise of more public and partisan politics in Scotland. It argues that from the Darien crisis onwards, the changing nature of Scottish politics challenged the crown's normal methods of management and forced ministers to develop a wider range of practices, including concessions to oppositional opinion expressed in public debate, to rebuild a Court party majority. By tracing the interaction between public and party politics and the crown's management efforts from 1700, the chapter offers a contextual understanding of the role of management in the passage of the Union treaty in 1706–1707.

Keywords:   Scottish Parliament, treaty of union, England, Scotland, Union, ratification, patronage, management, politics

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