The Impact of National Identity on the Brexit Vote : Explaining the Variance in Support of the European Union Between Scotland and England

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Title: The Impact of National Identity on the Brexit Vote : Explaining the Variance in Support of the European Union Between Scotland and England
Author: Mackie, Adam Gordon
Other contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Valtiotieteellinen tiedekunta, Politiikan ja talouden tutkimuksen laitos
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political and Economic Studies
Helsingfors universitet, Statsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för politik och ekonomi
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2016
Language: eng
URI: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:hulib-201807022863
http://hdl.handle.net/10138/236916
Thesis level: master's thesis
Discipline: Yleinen valtio-oppi, politiikan tutkimus
Political Science, Politics
Allmän statslära, politologi
Abstract: This thesis will explore the variance in support of the European Union between Scotland and England and explain the Brexit referendum vote through a focus on identity and nationalism. A theory of allegiance is developed to explain the linkage between Scottish and English nationalism and opinion formation vis-à-vis the European Union. The paper finds that national identity played a key role in how people voted in the Brexit referendum as it shapes where individuals locate the terminal political community.
Subject: Brexit
nationalism
national identity
globalisation
theory of allegiance
terminal political community


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