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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 SNP’s Constitutional Policy 2002–14: From Liberal Procedural Constitutionalism to Democratic Populism?

The SNP’s Constitutional Policy 2002–14: From Liberal Procedural Constitutionalism to Democratic Populism?

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(p.191) Chapter 8 The SNP’s Constitutional Policy 2002–14: From Liberal Procedural Constitutionalism to Democratic Populism?
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Constituting Scotland
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W. Elliot Bulmer

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697595.003.0008

This chapter discusses the constitutional policy of the SNP since 2002. The SNP government’s 2013 White Paper and 2014 Draft Interim Constitution are discussed, and contrasted with the earlier 2002 text. The chapter argues that the interim constitution reflected a subtle shift in the SNP’s constitutional policy, away from a legal-procedural constitutionalism in which the constitution serves mainly institution-defining and rights-protecting functions, and towards a more populist constitutionalism in which the constitution serves nation-building and agenda-setting functions. It nevertheless argues that there a distinct Scottish constitutional tradition is emerging, which is a national derivation of the global Westminster model. The chapter concludes with some reflections on the state of constitutional thought in Scotland today, especially in light of the Brexit referendum.

Keywords:   Draft Interim Constitution, White Paper, Constitutional Policy, Populist

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