Scotland's Referendum and the Media

National and International Perspectives

Author: Neil Blain

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748696601

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 790

After the Referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent country in September 2014 "e; and following a momentous mobilisation of voters by both the Yes and No campaigns "e; Scotland's political environment has been fundamentally energised. But how was the Referendum campaign reported and structured in the media in Scotland, the wider United Kingdom, and in other parts of the world, and was it a matter of 'construction' rather than 'representation'?In this book scholars, commentators and journalists from Britain, Europe and beyond examine how the media across the world presented the debate itself and the shifting nature of Scottish and British identity which that debate revealed. Several of the contributors also explore how the emphases and constructions which were put on the debate in their particular countries illuminated these countries' own responses to nationalism and separatism. The consequences of the Referendum's No result are traced in the media through until the May general election of 2015.

Reporting the Road to Brexit

International Media and the EU Referendum 2016

Author: Anthony Ridge-Newman,Fernando León-Solís,Hugh O'Donnell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319736825

Category: Social Science

Page: 363

View: 5544

This edited collection brings together leading international scholars to explore the connection between Brexit and the media. The referendum and the activism on both sides of the campaign have been of significant interest to the media in the UK and around the world. How these factors have been represented in the media and the role of the media in constructing the referendum narrative are central to assisting the development in our understanding of how UK and global democracy is being manifested in contemporary times. This book explores these topics through presenting a wide range of perspectives from research conducted by leading international scholars, and concludes with an assessment of the potential democratic and international implications for the future. By grappling with a highly important and controversial topic in a comparative and varied way, the volume contributes to theoretical debates about the nature and role of the media in complex social, political and cultural contexts.

Debating Scotland

Issues of Independence and Union in the 2014 Referendum

Author: Michael Keating

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198789815

Category:

Page: 272

View: 5106

On 18 September 2014, Scotland held a referendum on the question: Should Scotland be an independent country? This is a most unusual event in modern democracies and engaged the political class, civil society, and the general public to an unprecedented degree, leading to an 85 per cent turnout in the final vote. This was an occasion to debate not just the narrow constitutional issue but the future of the nation, including the economy, social welfare, defence and security, and Scotland's place in Europe and the world. Debating Scotland comes from a team of researchers who observed the debates from close-up and engaged with both sides, with the media and with the public in analyzing the issues, while remaining neutral on the independence question. The book examines the main issues at stake, how they were presented, and how they evolved over the course of the campaign. The editors and contributing authors explore the ways both independence and union were framed, the economic issues, the currency, welfare, defence and security, the European Union, and how the example of small independent states was used. The volume concludes with an analysis of voter responses, based upon original survey research, which demonstrates how perceptions of risk and uncertainty on the main issues played a key role in the outcome.

Scotland Decides

The Devolution Issue and the 1997 Referendum

Author: Hugh Bochel,David Denver,James Mitchell,Charles Pattie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136331751

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 1789

Scotland has a parliament for the first time in almost 300 years, and this book is an account of how this came about. The authors trace the origins and history of the demand for home rule in Scotland, focusing particularly on developments following the failure of the first referendum on the issue in 1979, which culminated in a second referendum in September 1997. This major political event attracted national and international interest, and its decisive result was a milestone in Scottish history. This work presents an analysis of the referendum campaign at both national and local levels, including media coverage of the event and the outcome. The reactions of voters are explored on the basis of a large survey of the electorate, and lessons to be learnt about referendums in the UK and elsewhere are discussed.

The Scottish Independence Referendum

Constitutional and Political Implications

Author: Aileen McHarg,Tom Mullen,Alan Page,Neil Walker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0191072028

Category: Law

Page: 340

View: 6704

The September 2014 Scottish independence referendum was an event of profound constitutional and political significance, not only for Scotland, but for the UK as a whole. Although Scottish voters chose to remain in the UK, the experience of the referendum and the subsequent political reaction to the 'No' vote that triggered significant reforms to the devolution settlement have fundamentally altered Scotland's position within the Union. The extraordinary success of the Scottish National Party at the 2015 General Election also indicates that the territorial dimension to UK constitutional politics is more prominent than ever, destabilising key assumptions about the location and exercise of constitutional authority within the UK. The political and constitutional implications of the referendum are still unfolding, and it is by no means certain that the Union will survive. Providing a systematic and academic analysis of the referendum and its aftermath, this interdisciplinary edited collection brings together public lawyers, political scientists, economists, and historians in an effort to look both backwards to, and forwards from, the referendum. The chapters evaluate the historical events leading up to the referendum, the referendum process, and the key issues arising from the referendum debate. They also explore the implications of the referendum both for the future governance of Scotland and for the UK's territorial constitution, drawing on comparative experience in order to understand how the constitution may evolve, and how the independence debate may play out in future.

The Battle for Britain

Scotland and the Independence Referendum

Author: David Torrance

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1849546738

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

View: 9701

On 18 September 2014, Scots will decide their future: should the country quit the United Kingdom and take control of its own destiny, or should it remain part of what advocates call the most successful political and economic union of modern times? Everyone in the country has a stake in this decision. Now, in this fascinating and insightful new book, David Torrance charts the countdown to the big day, weaving his way through a minefield of claim and counterclaim, and knocking down fictions and fallacies from both Nationalists and Unionists. He plunges into the key questions that have shaped an often-fraught argument, from the future of the pound to the shape of an independent Scottish army. With access to the strategists and opinion-makers on both sides of the political divide, this book goes straight to the heart of the great debate, providing an incisive, authoritative, occasionally trenchant guide to the most dramatic constitutional question of our times - the battle for Britain.

Scotland's Choices

Author: Iain McLean

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748696415

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 2476

Scotland's Choices, now fully revised for the critical last few months before the referendum, explains the choice that Scotland will have to make in September 2014. The authors clearly explain the issues and how each of the options would be put into place

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics

Author: Axel Bruns,Gunn Enli,Eli Skogerbo,Anders Olof Larsson,Christian Christensen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317506561

Category: Social Science

Page: 538

View: 945

Social media are now widely used for political protests, campaigns, and communication in developed and developing nations, but available research has not yet paid sufficient attention to experiences beyond the US and UK. This collection tackles this imbalance head-on, compiling cutting-edge research across six continents to provide a comprehensive, global, up-to-date review of recent political uses of social media. Drawing together empirical analyses of the use of social media by political movements and in national and regional elections and referenda, The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics presents studies ranging from Anonymous and the Arab Spring to the Greek Aganaktismenoi, and from South Korean presidential elections to the Scottish independence referendum. The book is framed by a selection of keystone theoretical contributions, evaluating and updating existing frameworks for the social media age.

Higher Education in Scotland and the UK

Author: Sheila Riddell

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 147440460X

Category: Education

Page: N.A

View: 4195

This book examines the impact of devolution on Scottish and UK higher education systems, including institutional governance, approaches to tuition fees and student support, cross-border student flows, widening access, internationalisation and research pol

The People's Referendum

Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again

Author: Peter Geoghegan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910021521

Category: Great Britain

Page: 192

View: 1297

Peter Geoghegan takes an in-depth journey through some of the unexpected people and far-flung places along Scotland's road to referendum. September 19, 2014. The ballots are in, and the votes are counted. Scotland has either chosen to remain part of the Untied Kingdom, or to form a new independent state. The result is black and white, but the conversations, people and places that animated Scotland's journey to the referendum have been anything but. For months Scots debated their futures, at varying volumes. For some the vote was a distraction, for others it was the most important moment in their lives. All have had a chance to have their say. This book is the story of Scotland's referendum, not as recorded by psephologists, but as experienced by some of the ordinary - and extraordinary - people involved. Taking the scenic route around the vote we will meet aging Communists rallying voters in post-industrial Cowdenbeath; loyal Orange men campaigning for a 'yes' vote' and Irish republicans backing the union; North Sea oil workers trying to make sense of the debate; and secessionists across Europe trying desperately to follow Scotland's lead. Full of character, and characters, this lively, in-depth book will provide a unique perspective on a referendum that will reshape Scotland - and Europe - regardless of the result.

Understanding Scotland Musically

Folk, Tradition and Policy

Author: Simon McKerrell,Gary West

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315467550

Category: Music

Page: 290

View: 1053

Scottish traditional music has been through a successful revival in the mid-twentieth century and has now entered a professionalised and public space. Devolution in the UK and the surge of political debate surrounding the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014 led to a greater scrutiny of regional and national identities within the UK, set within the wider context of cultural globalisation. This volume brings together a range of authors that sets out to explore the increasingly plural and complex notions of Scotland, as performed in and through traditional music. Traditional music has played an increasingly prominent role in the public life of Scotland, mirrored in other Anglo-American traditions. This collection principally explores this movement from historically text-bound musical authenticity towards more transient sonic identities that are blurring established musical genres and the meaning of what constitutes ‘traditional’ music today. The volume therefore provides a cohesive set of perspectives on how traditional music performs Scottishness at this crucial moment in the public life of an increasingly (dis)United Kingdom.

Framing Referendum Campaigns in the News

Author: Marina Dekavalla

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526119897

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 2957

This book discusses the framing of referendum campaigns in the news media, focusing particularly on the case of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. Using a comprehensive content analysis of print and broadcast coverage as well as in-depth interviews with broadcast journalists and their sources during this campaign, it provides an account of how journalists construct the frames that define their coverage of contested political campaigns. It views the mediation process from the perspective of those who participate directly in it, namely journalists and political communicators. It puts forward an original theoretical model to account for frame building in the context of referendums in Western media systems, using insights from this and from other cases. The book makes an original contribution to the study of media frames during referendums and is key reading for scholars and students interested in journalism, the processes of political communication and the mediation of politics.

Modern Scottish Diaspora

Author: Murray Stewart Leith

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748681434

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 4284

Brings together well-established and emerging scholars from a variety of disciplines to present a contemporary 'diasporic' perspective on national affairs for Scotland. The book reflects a growing interest in the subject from academics, policy makers and

Disunited Kingdom

How Westminster Won a Referendum But Lost Scotland

Author: Iain Macwhirter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781908885265

Category: Home rule

Page: 174

View: 7251

What does the future hold for Scotland? On September 18th, 2014, Scotland voted to stay in the Union. In this provocative new book, Iain Macwhirter argues that the UK will never be the same again. Disunited Kingdom explores Scotland's political and cultural landscape in the immediate build up to, and the aftermath of, the referendum. Combining expert and personal insight, Macwhirter deftly examines the future of Scotland, the UK, and the enduring passion for independence.

Scots and Catalans

Union and Disunion

Author: John H. Elliott

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300240716

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 6506

A landmark account that reveals the long history behind the current Catalan and Scottish independence movements A distinguished historian of Spain and Europe provides an enlightening account of the development of nationalist and separatist movements in contemporary Catalonia and Scotland. This first sustained comparative study uncovers the similarities and the contrasts between the Scottish and Catalan experiences across a five-hundred-year period, beginning with the royal marriages that brought about union with their more powerful neighbors, England and Castile respectively, and following the story through the centuries from the end of the Middle Ages until today’s dramatic events. J. H. Elliott examines the political, economic, social, cultural, and emotional factors that divide Scots and Catalans from the larger nations to which their fortunes were joined. He offers new insights into the highly topical subject of the character and development of European nationalism, the nature of separatism, and the sense of grievance underlying the secessionist aspirations that led to the Scottish referendum of 2014, the illegal Catalan referendum of October 2017, and the resulting proclamation of an independent Catalan republic.

The New Sociology of Scotland

Author: David McCrone

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473987059

Category: Political Science

Page: 736

View: 4524

With interdisciplinary coverage of a wide range of core topics – including social inequality, national identity, religion, sport and education – accompanied by comprehensive pedagogical features to encourage engagement, McCrone’s introduction provides students with an exciting new textbook on Scottish society

The Referendum Experience

Scotland 1979

Author: John M. Bochel

Publisher: Pergamon Press

ISBN: 9780080257341

Category: Political Science

Page: 210

View: 7153

Security in a Small Nation

Scotland, Democracy, Politics

Author: Andrew W. Neal

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 1783742712

Category: Political Science

Page: 250

View: 5772

The 2014 Referendum on Scottish independence sparked debate on every dimension of modern statehood. Levels of public interest and engagement were unprecedented, as demonstrated by record-breaking voter turnout. Yet aside from Trident, the issue of security was relatively neglected in the campaigns, and there remains a lack of literature on the topic. In this volume Andrew Neal has collated a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives on security and constitutional change in Scotland and the UK, including writing from experts in foreign policy analysis, intelligence studies, parliamentary studies, and journalism. Security in a Small Nation provides an illuminating analysis of the politics of security. Its authors reflect on a number of related issues including international comparisons, alliances, regional cooperation, terrorism, intelligence sharing, democratic oversight, and media coverage. It has a particular focus on what security means for small states and democratic politics. The book draws on current debates about the extent of intelligence powers and their implications for accountability, privacy, and human rights. It examines the foreign and security policy of other small states through the prism of Scottish independence, providing unique insight into the bureaucratic and political processes associated with multi-level security governance. These contributions provide a detailed picture of the changing landscape of security, including the role of diverse and decentralised agencies, and new security interdependencies within and between states. The analysis presented in this book will inform ongoing constitutional debates in the UK and the study of other secessionist movements around the world. Security in a Small Nation is essential reading for any follower of UK and Scottish politics, and those with an interest in security and nationhood on a global scale.

Politics in Scotland

Author: Duncan McTavish

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317391888

Category: Political Science

Page: 295

View: 2026

Politics in Scotland is an authoritative introduction to the contemporary political landscape in Scotland and an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Scottish Politics. Written by leading experts in the field, it is coherently organised to provide a clear and comprehensive overview of a range of themes in contemporary Scottish Politics. Key topics include: • Government and electoral behaviour. • Representation and political parties in Scotland. • Public policy and Scotland’s relationship with the rest of the world. • Scottish politics both in the run up to and after the 2014 referendum. • The Future of Scottish government and politics. This textbook will be essential reading for students of Scottish politics, British Politics, devolution, government and policy.

Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK

A Missed Opportunity?

Author: Daniel Kenealy,Jan Eichhorn,Lindsay Paterson,Richard Parry,Alexandra Remond

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319528181

Category: Political Science

Page: 177

View: 6068

This book explores the governance of the UK, and the process of constitutional change, between Scotland’s independence referendum in September 2014 and the UK general election in May 2015. The book contrasts the attitudes of the public, captured through an original survey, with those of politicians, civil servants, and civic leaders, identified through over forty interviews. It pays particular attention to two case studies involving recent changes to the UK’s governing arrangements: the Smith Commission and the transfer of further powers to the Scottish Parliament, and Greater Manchester’s devolution deal that has become a model for devolution across England. It also considers the issue of lowering the voting age to 16, contrasting the political attitudes of younger voters in Scotland with those in the rest of the UK. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of UK politics, devolution, constitutional change, public attitudes, and territorial politics.