Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics - cover image

Book Series

Copyright

Andrew W. Neal. Copyright of individual chapters is maintained by the chapter’s author.

Published On

2017-03-15

ISBN

Paperback978-1-78374-268-4
Hardback978-1-78374-269-1
PDF978-1-78374-270-7
HTML978-1-80064-501-1
XML978-1-78374-586-9
EPUB978-1-78374-271-4
MOBI978-1-78374-272-1

Language

  • English

Print Length

252 pages (xii + 240)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 13 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.53" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 16 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.63" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback792g (27.94oz)
Hardback1173g (41.38oz)

Media

Tables3

Funding

  • The University of Edinburgh

OCLC Number

1132077510

LCCN

2019452605

BIC

  • JP
  • JPRB
  • JPSL

BISAC

  • POL012000

LCC

  • DA765

Keywords

  • Scotland
  • independence
  • Referendum
  • security
  • intelligence
  • regional cooperation
  • terrorism
  • small states
  • constitutional debates
  • nationhood

Security in a Small Nation

Scotland, Democracy, Politics

  • Andrew W. Neal (editor)
The 2014 Referendum on Scottish independence sparked debate on every dimension of modern statehood. Levels of public interest and engagement were unprecedented, as demonstrated by record-breaking voter turnout. Yet aside from Trident, the issue of security was relatively neglected in the campaigns, and there remains a lack of literature on the topic. In this volume Andrew Neal has collated a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives on security and constitutional change in Scotland and the UK, including writing from experts in foreign policy analysis, intelligence studies, parliamentary studies, and journalism.

Security in a Small Nation provides an illuminating analysis of the politics of security. Its authors reflect on a number of related issues including international comparisons, alliances, regional cooperation, terrorism, intelligence sharing, democratic oversight, and media coverage. It has a particular focus on what security means for small states and democratic politics.
The book draws on current debates about the extent of intelligence powers and their implications for accountability, privacy, and human rights. It examines the foreign and security policy of other small states through the prism of Scottish independence, providing unique insight into the bureaucratic and political processes associated with multi-level security governance. These contributions provide a detailed picture of the changing landscape of security, including the role of diverse and decentralised agencies, and new security interdependencies within and between states.

The analysis presented in 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 is essential reading for any follower of UK and Scottish politics, and those with an interest in security and nationhood on a global scale.

Additional Resources

This book is the product of a seminar series funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council entitled ‘Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change’, which ran from 2013-2015 at the University of Edinburgh (grant reference ES/L00139X/1). The Reports from this seminar series can be read and downloaded below:


Contributors

Andrew W. Neal

(editor)
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at University of Edinburgh