The independence case in comparative perspective

Liñeira, R. and Cetrà, D. (2015) The independence case in comparative perspective. Political Quarterly, 86(2), pp. 257-264. (doi: 10.1111/1467-923X.12157)

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Scotland is not the only sub‐state unit in Europe where relevant political actors make claims for independence. To generate insights on these independence demands, we compare the drivers, arguments and popular support for secession in Scotland, the Basque Country, Catalonia and Flanders. We argue that national identity, party politics and the economy are behind the independence requests, and the exact articulation of these elements varies from case to case. Currently, the most salient of these demands are the ones from Catalonia; Basque demands for self‐determination are less prominent than in the past, whereas the demand for a vote on independence is much less articulated in Flanders. Although the Scottish independence referendum has set a precedent for solving independence disputes, we argue that the possibilities of exporting the Scottish referendum experience to other realities are limited.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lineira, Dr Robert
Authors: Liñeira, R., and Cetrà, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Political Quarterly
ISSN (Online):1467-923X
Published Online:04 May 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Political Quarterly 86(2): 257-264
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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