1st Edition

Democracy in Scotland
Freedom, Equality and Control Since Devolution

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ISBN 9781138291690
February 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

USD $150.00

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Book Description

The book analyses post-devolution Scotland’s democratic quality using a framework that conceptualises democracy in terms of its levels of freedom, equality and control, with special attention paid to the distinction between maximalist and minimalist conceptualisations of equality.

Drawing on a range of sources, including archival documents, official reports, survey data, and interviews with politicians, civil servants and ‘democracy sector’ activists, Democracy in Scotland examines the effectiveness of institutional engineering and whether people expect too much from democracy.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of British Politics, Scottish Politics and other small nations, democracy, decentralisation, and more broadly to comparative politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Scotland’s Democratic Journey

2. Quality of Democracy

3. Freedom

4. Equality

5. Control

6. Democratic Quality in Scotland Compared

7. Conclusion

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Thomas Lundberg (PhD, University of Notre Dame, USA, 2003) has worked at the University of Glasgow since 2007, after moving from Keele University. His research interests focus on political parties and political institutions and rules (including decentralisation and electoral systems), as well as the quality of democracy.