Connections and Tensions between Nationalist and Sustainability Discourses in the Scottish Legislative Process

29 Pages Posted: 11 May 2016

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Andrea Ross

Dundee Law School

Rhys Jones

Aberystwyth University - Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

Date Written: June 2016

Abstract

This article illustrates how sustainability and nationalist discourses have operated together in practice in Scotland. Potential connections and tensions between nationalist and sustainability discourses are identified and used to analyse the events leading up to the passage of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. The analysis reveals how in certain contexts, the tensions and connections between sustainability and nationalist discourses can align to reinforce transformative initiatives while in other contexts, the tensions can lead to initiatives being watered down or set aside. The article concludes that more could be done to emphasize the connections between the two discourses. Engagement at the level of ‘nation’ can lead to sustainability discourses that are more attuned to nationalist values, increased public understanding, and acceptance of sustainable development, as well as additional opportunities for debate, public participation, and education.

Suggested Citation

Ross, Andrea and Jones, Rhys, Connections and Tensions between Nationalist and Sustainability Discourses in the Scottish Legislative Process (June 2016). Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 43, Issue 2, pp. 228-256, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2778343 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2016.00750.x

Andrea Ross (Contact Author)

Dundee Law School ( email )

Nethergate
Dundee, Scotland DD1 4HN
United Kingdom

Rhys Jones

Aberystwyth University - Department of Geography and Earth Sciences ( email )

Aberystwyth, SY23 3DB
United Kingdom

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