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Neoliberal Scotland: Class and society in a stateless nation

Davidson, Neil and McCafferty, Patricia and Miller, David (2010) Neoliberal Scotland: Class and society in a stateless nation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4438-1675-5

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Abstract

Neoliberal Scotland argues that far from passing Scotland by, as is so often claimed, neoliberalism has in fact become institutionalised there. As the mainstream political parties converge on market-friendly policies and business interests are equated with the public good, the Scottish population has become more and more distanced from the democratic process, to the extent that an increasing number now fail to vote in elections. This book details for the first time these negative effects of neoliberal policies on Scottish society and takes to task those academics and others who either defend the neoliberal order or refuse to recognise that it exists. Neoliberal Scotland represents both an intervention in contemporary debates about the condition of Scotland and a case study, of more general interest, of how neoliberalism has affected one of the 'stateless nations' of the advanced West.