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Brought Together or Driven Apart?

Brought Together or Driven Apart?

(p.153) 10 Brought Together or Driven Apart?
Anglo-Scottish Relations, from 1900 to Devolution and Beyond
John Curtice
British Academy

This chapter illustrates that the ‘West Lothian Question’ is not an issue between the Scottish and English public. It explains how the attitudes of those living on both sides of the border have developed in the immediate wake of the creation of the Scottish Parliament. It specifically highlights the three sets of attitudes that might be thought to be central to the relationship between two countries that share the same state: constitutional preferences, policy preferences and identities. The extent to which people in the two countries have similar or different constitutional preferences is investigated. The chapter then explores how far people in England and Scotland do or do not share similar policy preferences. It further looks at how far people in England and Scotland do or do not have a set of identities and symbols in common. Devolution has so far not helped to drive England and Scotland apart from each other. They lack on strong common commitment to a shared set of identities and symbols, but even they appear to have enough in common for them to be capable of sharing the same multinational state.

Keywords:   West Lothian Question, Scotland, England, devolution, Scottish Parliament, constitutional preferences, policy preferences, identities

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