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Nordic Horizons for a ‘Council of the Isles’? Instituting Regional Cooperation

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This chapter explores ‘Nordic lessons for the Isles’ particularly relevant in an evolving scenario of increased independence (in both socio-economic and political forms) for Scotland. In a comparative framework it examines how ‘the council model’ (British Irish Parliamentary Assembly; The British Irish Council; The Nordic Council; and the Nordic Council of Ministers) of cooperation can ideally serve as prototypes for the creative adaptation of nation states to better accommodate the hybrid and layered identities of citizens as well as to become launch sites for more normative international activities and response sites for cross-border challenges in the spaces between political and social union. It argues that while the institutionalised cooperation between the variety of administrations across the Isles and between the Nordic countries provide specific sites of ‘transnational democracy’ malleable to constitutional change, this happens within significantly different political cultures which offer disparate problems and possibilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAfter Independence: The State of the Scottish Nation Debate
EditorsGerry Hassan, James Mitchell
Number of pages15
Place of publicationEdinburgh
PublisherLuath Press Limited
Publication year1 Aug 2013
ISBN (print)978-1780271842
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013

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