The Scottish independence referendum

On September 18 this year, voters in Scotland will be asked to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum. Whatever the outcome of the referendum, and at time of writing this the Yes and No votes are converging to some degree, the status quo will not remain: Scotland will change and the rest for the UK will also change as a result. This presentation considers the background context to the Referendum. How did we get to this point? Devolution for Scotland in 1998 and the gradual rise of Scottish nationalism, together with a deepening sense of Scottish identity, have all played a part in getting us to where we are now. The widespread perception in Scotland that there is a democratic deficit, that Scotland is governed by a UK government that relatively few Scots voted for, has driven the case for Independence, all on the back of rising support for the SNP and a growing feeling that Scottish values and attitudes are markedly out of step with the policies being pursued by the UK Coalition government.

The Scottish Independence Referendum has consequences for the rest of the UK, Ireland and beyond. This presentation highlights some of the important implications and invites you to consider how this might affect the UK, the country or region in which you live, and the future direction of society and polity in these islands.

Presentation time: 
Wednesday, 2 July, 2014 - 17:00

Gerry Mooney

Gerry Mooney is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology at The Open University in Scotland. He has worked on a many OU modules spanning social policy and criminology, sociology, geography and on introductory and masters level social sciences.