This book is a really good place to stimulate and encourage such an understanding. Keating is a political scientist who has previously extensively researched the role of nationalisms in Scotland, Catalonia and Quebec in a comparative and historical context. His study is informed by a deep knowledge of European integration and its effects on EU member states.
Unusually, too, he approaches the task of analysing where the UK is going with a deep understanding of Ireland’s historical and comparative contribution to British developments. That shows up especially in his treatment of devolution and its home rule antecedents from the 1880s, including the spectacularly different story of Irish secession Keating also identifies clearly