Scotland has thus far proved immune to the appeal of right-wing populism present in many European neoliberal democracies. This paper argues that changing tension balances in the crises facing the UK as a union state cannot be reduced to an understanding of the supposedly internal challenge of Scottish sub-state nationalism. Instead sub-state nationalism needs to be situated in the shifting long-term, inter-state power balances of Britain as a union state and a rising and falling world power. Such an approach builds on the promise offered by the historical sociology of Norbert Elias to account for the over-functioning of the normative humanist we-ideals of Scottish civic nationalism in the British and EU crises.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Cambio. Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali|
|Early online date||2 Nov 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 2 Nov 2017|
- Civic nationalism
- Normative duality
- Post-imperial decline