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Scotland 2014 and Beyond – Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?


Klaus Peter Müller

This book examines Scotland from a great variety of international and disciplinary perspectives, offering viewpoints from ordinary citizens as well as experts in culture, history, literature, sociology, politics, the law, and the media. The texts investigate the mental processes, dispositions, and activities that have been involved in past and present discussions about Scottish independence, freedom, equality, justice, and the creation of a fair society. Such discussions have been shaped by specific values, ideologies, class or personal interests and objectives as well as by specific ways of telling their stories. These are analysed together with the European, global, and democratic dimensions of Scotland, in order to find answers to the question how coming of age might be achieved today.
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The Emergent Scottish Constitutional Tradition: Scottish, Nordic and Global Influences: William Elliot Bulmer (The Hague)


This paper examines the development of constitutional thought in the Scottish independence movement. It recognises that the Scottish autonomist movement has articulated a democratic constitutionalist critique of the British system of government and has developed its own brand of popular constitutionalism drawn upon Scottish history, Nordic aspiration, and global developments in constitutional norms.

The Scottish Government’s White Paper Scotland’s Future (2013) set out plans for an independent Scotland that would include a written Constitution based on popular sovereignty, with judicially enforced fundamental rights, and a parliament chosen by proportional representation. In many contexts, this would be unremarkable, but in a United Kingdom (UK) context, where there is no higher-law constitutional tradition, these constitutional announcements, the principles behind them, require explanation.

Why has the Scottish Government made a written Constitution central to its prospectus for statehood? What accounts for the radical (in British terms) content of their constitutional proposals, and where did these ideas originate? This chapter addresses these questions. It argues that Scottish autonomists have articulated a constitutional critique of the United Kingdom that goes beyond ‘centre-periphery’ disputes and have created an emergent Scottish constitutional tradition, distinct from the British orthodoxy, not only to redistribute power geographically, but radically to reconstitute Scotland in accordance with its own values and institutional preferences.

The first section identifies the emergency of a Scottish constitutional tradition. The development of Constitutions as an organic process; change is usually gradual and evolutionary, since constitutional ‘founders’ are guid ← 201 | 202 → ed...

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