If the ‘Yes’ campaign can shift the debate from the head to the heart, support for Scottish independence will grow

Van Der Zwet, Arno (2014) If the ‘Yes’ campaign can shift the debate from the head to the heart, support for Scottish independence will grow. London School of Economics, London.

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Abstract

This blog entry discusses the question of whether the 'Yes' camp can make gains amongst so-called 'closet nationalists' by shifting the debate for independence from instrumental to sentimental reasons. However, recent theoretical work in the field of nationalism and national identity has suggested that a heightened sense of national identity is time limited.