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Title: Scotland's role in the European Union : expectations of multi-level governance among political elites : an actor-centred approach
Author: Sloat, Amanda
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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The thesis seeks to document and analyse the expectations of Scottish political elites about Scotland's role in changing European Union during the crucial months preceding the first elections to the new Scottish Parliament. Through interviews with members of Scottish civil society, officials, and politicians, it considers two key questions. First, how do elites expect the Scottish Executive to influence European policy-making? Second, how do elites understand the operation of governance under new constitutional arrangements? The thesis draws from the conceptual frameworks of Multi-Level Governance, which focuses attention on the roles of sub- and supra-national levels of government, and of New Institutionalism, which explains how actors' behaviour can be influenced by institutional norms. It uses an actor-centred approach to obtain a more nuanced understanding of elites' expectations, arguing that an actors' proximity to the devolution process and personal experiences also affect perceptions. The thesis begins by outlining the 'established wisdom' about these questions, assessing academic literature, governments documents, party manifestos, and civic publications. This background provides a comparative reference for the consideration of elites' expectations. The thesis examines the extent to which observers believe the UK government incorporated Scottish interests in European negotiations. It suggests that a lack of transparency and varying involvement in the political arena cause different actors to present divergent assessments. However, most elites do not expect the Scottish Executive to exert greater influence on the UK's position. Although some policy-making procedures will change, there will be continuity as existing civil service channels will be used to conduct negotiations between the governments. The thesis suggests that Scotland's European priorities differ form England's in emphasis rather than substance due to distinct civic institutions, history, and geography. Devolution will better enable a nuanced approach to European policy-making as the Executive can publicise Scotland's views, enabling observers at home and in Brussels to judge whether the UK government has considered them, and implement directives n a suitable manner.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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