National Identity or National Interest? Scottish, English and Welsh Attitudes to the Constitutional Debate

Ailsa Henderson, Charlie Jeffery, Robert Liñeira

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Abstract

This article analyses political attitudes to the union in England, Scotland and Wales after the Scottish independence referendum. Using public opinion data, we explore constitutional preferences and perceptions of national grievance, before examining the role that national identity plays in structuring preferences. Our evidence shows that considerable demand exists for nationally demarcated forms of government within the UK, although these constitutional preferences do not translate in support for policy diversity across the UK. We also find evidence that these constitutional preferences relate closely to national identity, but relate also to appeals to national interest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265–274
JournalPolitical Quarterly
Volume86
Issue number2
Early online date29 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • constitutional preferences
  • independence referendums
  • devolution paradox
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales

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