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Between Two UnionsEuropeanisation and Scottish Devolution$
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Paolo Dardanelli

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070808

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070808.001.0001

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Political parties

Political parties

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(p.84) 6 Political parties
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Between Two Unions
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Paolo Dardanelli

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719070808.003.0006

This chapter analyses the evidence that proves the European dimension was crucial to party competition on self-government from 1988 to 1997. It determines that the political parties clearly identified a number of connections between the European Union and the issue of self-government for Scotland. This led to the adoption of a European dimension into their positions on self-government. It shows that the SNP served as the key actor in this dynamic, since it was the party that utilised the European Union to its fullest and effectively opened an additional dimension in the politics of self-government.

Keywords:   European dimension, party competition, political parties, self-government, politics

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