Imagining the economic nation: the Scottish case

Tomlinson, J. (2014) Imagining the economic nation: the Scottish case. Political Quarterly, 85(2), pp. 170-177. (doi:10.1111/1467-923X.12082)

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Abstract

The impending Scottish referendum on independence raises the question: what is a nation? This article addresses this question in terms of ‘economic nationhood’. Tracing the development of the Scottish economy over the last century and a half, it shows how the extraordinarily ‘globalised’ economy of pre-1913 Scotland slowly evolved into a much more self-reliant entity. Today, Scotland has a de-industrialised and substantially de-globalised economy, with a very large public sector about which key decisions are made in Edinburgh. Scotland has become much more of an economic ‘community of fate’ than ever before in its modern history.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tomlinson, Professor James
Authors: Tomlinson, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Journal Name:Political Quarterly
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:0032-3179
ISSN (Online):1467-923X

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