Title

Scotland's Independence Referendum: A Policy Path Analysis

Presenter Information

Matthew Baldwin

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Scotland, International Relations, European Union

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the motivation, likelihood, and consequences associated with Scotland's upcoming independence referendum on September 18, 2014. Specific emphasis is placed on what the relationship of a possibly independent Scotland would look like with the European Union and international community at large. Established precedents of secession, separation, and dissolution are explored in light of the current referendum's objectives. Scotland's relationship with the European Union is vital for economic, societal, and global security reasons. However, an independent Scotland could jeopardize the region's status with the European Union, as well as undermine existing economic and security agreements with the United Kingdom. The study aims to identify the potential consequences of Scotland's withdrawal from the European Union by examining previous outcomes of regional European secession efforts.

Poster Number

4

Faculty Mentor(s)

Zender, Joshua

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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Scotland's Independence Referendum: A Policy Path Analysis

SURC Ballroom C/D

The purpose of this study is to explore the motivation, likelihood, and consequences associated with Scotland's upcoming independence referendum on September 18, 2014. Specific emphasis is placed on what the relationship of a possibly independent Scotland would look like with the European Union and international community at large. Established precedents of secession, separation, and dissolution are explored in light of the current referendum's objectives. Scotland's relationship with the European Union is vital for economic, societal, and global security reasons. However, an independent Scotland could jeopardize the region's status with the European Union, as well as undermine existing economic and security agreements with the United Kingdom. The study aims to identify the potential consequences of Scotland's withdrawal from the European Union by examining previous outcomes of regional European secession efforts.