Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics

Andrew W. Neal (ed.)

The 2014 Referendum on Scottish independence renewed public interest in the politics of security and nationhood, demonstrated by a record-breaking voter turnout. The issue of security featured prominently in campaigns, yet there remains a lack of literature on the topic. In this volume Andrew Neal has collated a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives on the constitutional change for security governance and security politics in Scotland, including writing from experts in foreign policy analysis, intelligence studies, parliamentary studies, and journalism.

This book provides an illuminating analysis of the politicization of security in Scotland, which reflects on a number of related issues including terrorism, natural hazards, migration, and financial insecurity. Nealís focus is small states and democratic accountability in relation to public and political debate surrounding national security. He delves into the oversights of intelligence agencies and the media bias associated with the referendum campaigns, and their effects on issues and privacy and human rights.

Security in a Small Nation also examines the foreign policy of other small states through the prism of the Scottish politics, providing unique insight into the bureaucratic processes associated with multi-level security governance. Neil expertly charts the interactions of intelligence services, local governments, and private security companies, creating a detailed picture of how these actors have decentralized security management and ultimately changed the landscape of contemporary British politics.

The themes of this book will inform ongoing constitutional debates in the UK and the study of other secessionist movements around the world. Security in a Small Nation State is essential reading for any follower of UK politics, and those with an interest in security and nationhood on a global scale.

The University of Edinburgh has generously contributed towards the publication of this volume.

Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics
Andrew W. Neal (ed.)
Open Reports Series, vol. 4 | ISSN: 2399-6668 (Print); 2399-6676 (Online)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783742684
ISBN Hardback: 9781783742691
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783742707
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783742714
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783742721
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0078
BIC subject codes: JP (Politics and government), JPRB (Regional government policies), JPSL (Geopolitics); BISAC: POL012000 (Political Science: Security - National & International)