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The 2014 Scottish independence debate: questions of social welfare and social justice

Mooney, Gerry and Scott, Gill (2015). The 2014 Scottish independence debate: questions of social welfare and social justice. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 23(1) pp. 5–16.

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This paper aims to foreground some of the main ways in which issues of social welfare and social policy came to occupy centre stage in the Scottish independence debate during recent years, culminating in the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum. It considers how issues relating to social welfare and the future of the welfare state more generally were advanced by the pro-Scottish independence YES camp as key arguments in the overall case for independence. This then disputes suggestions to the contrary that the pro-YES movement was a campaign driven primarily by issues of Scottish nationalism and national identity. Instead issues of social welfare, social justice and the creation of a more equal Scotland dominated.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 Authors
ISSN: 1759-8273
Keywords: Scotland; devolution; independence; social justice; social welfare
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 42057
Depositing User: Gerry Mooney
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 15:32
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2020 10:30
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