Scotland as an independent small state: Where would it seek shelter?

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Abstract

A planned referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence gives cause to
examine that scenario in the light of small state studies and recent European
experience. One of the best-supported assumptions in small state literature is
that small countries need to form alliances and seek protection from larger
neighboring states and/or international institutions. Small European states have
generally sought shelter from the European Union (EU) and NATO. This study
confirms that an independent Scotland would need strategic, political, economic
and societal shelter, and could look for the various elements within existing
European institutions, from its closest southern and northern neighbours, and
from the US. However, protection may come with a certain cost - just as union
with another entity does at present.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1-20
JournalStjórnmál og stjórnsýsla
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Other keywords

  • Scotland
  • Independence
  • Small states

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