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When parties make peoples

White, Jonathan (2015) When parties make peoples. Global Policy, 6. pp. 106-114. ISSN 1758-5880

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1758-5899.12233


One of the lessons of the 2014 Scottish referendum on independence is that political separatism may be inspired by goals of a Left-Right kind. The surge in support for the Yes campaign corresponded to its emergence as an anti-austerity movement. The paper examines how questions of peoplehood became linked in this case to the adversarial pursuit of political ends. To clarify the dynamics of partisanship at work, I go on to examine a second case of political separatism – Czechoslovakia in the early 1990s – where, major differences notwithstanding, a similar set of currents was present. Rival definitions of peoplehood were here too the symptoms of political contestation at least as much as its inspiration. The paper ends by considering what the partisan contestation of political boundaries reveals about the condition of the democracies in which it occurs.

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Additional Information: ©2015 University of Durham and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 16:32
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:17

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