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State and Nation in the United Kingdom Reviews

State and Nation in the United Kingdom by Michael Keating (Professor of Politics, Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen)

State and Nation in the United Kingdom: The Fractured Union

Michael Keating (Professor of Politics, Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen)

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Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 23 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780198841371

This book argues that there is a need for fresh thinking about the United Kingdom's constitution and the basis of the union.

4 stars out of 5
14 May 2021

"Michael Keating argues persuasively that EU membership helped glue the union together"

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

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