The Scottish independence referendum and after

Michael Keating*

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The Scottish independence referendum on 18 September 2014 produced an apparently decisive result, with 45 per cent for independence and 55 per cent against. Yet, it has not settled the constitutional issue. There was a huge public engagement in the campaign, which has left a legacy for Scottish and UK politics. Scotland has been reinforced as a political community. The losing Yes side has emerged in better shape and more optimistic, while the winners have struggled to formulate the better autonomy package they had promised. Public opinion continues to favour maximum devolution short of independence. Scotland is a case of the kind of spatial rescaling that is taking place more generally across Europe, as new forms of statehood and of sovereignty evolve. Scottish public opinion favours more self-government but no longer recognizes the traditional nation-state model presented in the referendum question.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-98
Number of pages26
JournalRevista d'Estudis Autonomics i Federals
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • Devolution
  • Independence
  • Scottish referendum
  • Spatial rescaling


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