Voting for Nation or State: Determinants of Independence Support in Scotland & Catalonia

17 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2014

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

With the Scottish independence referendum rapidly approaching and Catalonia witnessing ever bolder demonstrations of support for independence, understanding the determinants of public support for independence is crucial. In this article, I develop class, partisanship, and identity-based theories to explain individual-level support. Using surveys from Scotland and Catalonia, I test these theories. In doing so, I evaluate whether the same factors explain support in these two different regions. In addition, I consider the implications for the independence movements in these regions and beyond.

Keywords: Independence, UK, Spain, identity

Suggested Citation

Jolly, Seth K., Voting for Nation or State: Determinants of Independence Support in Scotland & Catalonia (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2452008

Seth K. Jolly (Contact Author)

Syracuse University ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

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