Abstract Glen 2008

Regionalism in the European Union: The Case of Scotland

Carol M. Glen

Abstract: This study examines the growth of regionalism within the EU generally, and the case of Scottish nationalism specifically. The Scottish case provides an instructive analysis for several of reasons. First, the rise of nationalism in Scotland generally corresponds with the UK’s entry into the European Union. Second, the UK has recently experienced far-reaching constitutional change with the founding of the Scottish Parliament, creating
a political forum where new EU-Scotland links are being forged. Third, the Scottish case is relevant because it is representative of a broader trend, wherein citizens continue to challenge the centralizing trends of the modern state.

Keywords: Scotland, European Union, regionalism, devolution, Scottish Parliament