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Globalization, European integration and the rise of neo-nationalism in Scotland


Stéphane Paquin, « Globalization, European integration and the rise of neo-nationalism in Scotland », Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol. 8 No. 1 (2002), 55-80.

Résumé

This article proposes the following theory : by cutting the benefits of integration and
by reducing the obstacles to independence or the various forms of autonomy,
globalization and European integration promotes disintegration. Moreover, the
processes of decentralization imposed by globalization and European integration are
resulting in the substate players having more and more financial resources and areas
of jurisdiction. In brief, globalization is expanding the set of actions of the substate
nationalist movements to ensure the survival of their nation. Substate nationalist
movements can now implement an international policy through their paradiplomacy.
The case study ’Scotland’ is of particular interest since the state of which it is part
(United Kingdom) is neither decaying nor totalitarian, but a modern welfare state in
which the rule of law governs intra-societal relations.

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