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The Dragon, The Unicorn and the Grip of The Lion: A Comparative Case Study on the Secessionist Political Parties in Scotland & Wales and the Nationalist Arguments Aiming for Secession
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is conducted as a descriptive comparative case study with the aim to explore the utilisation of different forms of nationalist arguments for secession by the Scottish National Party in the Scottish Parliament and Plaid Cymru in the Welsh Assembly. Based on the application of nationalist theories from three different modernist scholars, statements made by each party are analysed from politico-ideological, economic, and socio-cultural perspectives.

The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru share both secession as the ultimate goal and perceptions of being in a subjugated position within the United Kingdom. However, the results of the qualitative textual content analyses show that the approach towards secession is fundamentally varied between the two parties. The Scottish National Party utilises predominantly economic arguments for independence whilst Plaid Cymru find themselves arguing for further devolution of powers together with attempts to differentiate themselves from the UK.

This study confirms a number of claims and ideas from previous research within the academic fields of nationalism and secessionism while simultaneously delivering findings on unexplored idiosyncrasies of nationalist discourses in Scotland and Wales. Subsequently, it is our aim to contribute to a deeper and more structured understanding regarding the content of nationalist arguments for secession.

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2019. , p. 58
Keywords [en]
Nationalism, secession, Scotland, Wales, the United Kingdom
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14037Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14037DiVA, id: diva2:1334998
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Political science
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International Programme in Politics and Economics
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Available from: 2019-07-22 Created: 2019-07-03 Last updated: 2019-07-23Bibliographically approved

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