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Constituting ScotlandThe Scottish National Movement and the Westminster Model$
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W. Elliot Bulmer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697595

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697595.001.0001

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The Emergent Scottish Constitutional Tradition

The Emergent Scottish Constitutional Tradition

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(p.83) (p.84) Chapter 4 The Emergent Scottish Constitutional Tradition
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Constituting Scotland
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W. Elliot Bulmer

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697595.003.0004

Continuing the examination of the contextual constraints that would bind Scottish constitution-makers in the event of independence, this chapter discusses the existing political and legal institutions of Scotland and their development from the beginnings of the Scottish national movement to 2016. It examines the emergence of distinctly Scottish constitutional ideas and institutions, from the legacy of the pre-Union Scottish kingdom, through the years of the ‘Union-state’ prior to devolution, to the design and operation of devolved bodies. It also examines responses by the Scottish national movement – both devolutionists and supporters of independence – to developments in British politics, especially the reaction against the winner-take-all and executive-dominated politics associated with the period from 1979 to 1997. The chapter concludes the first half of the book by summarising the basic conditions and requirements of a viable and acceptable constitution for Scotland in the event of independence.

Keywords:   Union-State, Devolution, Constitutional Convention, Claim of Right

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