Identity Politics or "Minority Nationalism?" The Scottish Referendum Through Welsh and Ulster Scots Eyes
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This study examines how quickly British attitudes have changed on devolution following the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. In studying both the Welsh and the Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland, I predict that attitudes and hopes for the UK’s political future will be largely influenced by national identity. I hypothesize that because of this, the Welsh will be willing to pursue greater devolution whereas the Ulster Scots would not. Each nation’s unique relationship to the UK as a whole makes it reasonable to assume that hopes for the UK’s future are not uniform.