Introduction: 1707, 2014 and the constitutional imperative in Scotland’s national press and civil society

Benchimol, A. and Schlesinger, P. (2018) Introduction: 1707, 2014 and the constitutional imperative in Scotland’s national press and civil society. Scottish Affairs, 27(1), pp. 1-10. (doi: 10.3366/scot.2018.0217)

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This essay provides an historical, cultural and institutional juxtaposition of the Scottish national press’ relationship to constitutional change, using the Union of 1707 and 2014 independence referendum as key markers of this relationship. It reviews the parallels between both historical events in the context of structural changes to Scottish civil society, and the role played by the media in both amplifying and facilitating these changes. Finally, the essay maps the work of a number of historical and literary scholars, media experts, civil society actors, and journalists who have contributed to the Scottish Affairs special issue, 1707 and 2014: The national press, civil society and constitutional identity in Scotland.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:1707 Union, 2014 independence referendum, Scottish national press, civil society, 2016 EU referendum, devolution, Scottish Parliament.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Benchimol, Dr Alex and Schlesinger, Professor Philip
Authors: Benchimol, A., and Schlesinger, P.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Research Group:Scottish Romanticism Research Group/Centre for Cultural Policy Research
Journal Name:Scottish Affairs
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):2053-888X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Edinburgh University Press
First Published:First published in Scottish Affairs 27(1):1-10
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
7171411707 and 2014: The National Press, Civil Society and Constitutional Identity in ScotlandAlex BenchimolThe Royal Society of Edinburgh (ROYSOCED)N/ACRIT - ENGLISH LITERATURE