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Arguing for Independence
Evidence, Risk and the Wicked Issues

 

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Arguing for Independence
Evidence, Risk and the Wicked Issues

by Stephen Maxwell (Author)
Owen Dudley Edwards (Contributions)

 

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ISBN: 9781908373335

 

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Arguing for Independence: Evidence, Risk and the Wicked Issues by Stephen Maxwell and Contributions by Owen Dudley Edwards (Paperback) (ISBN: 9781908373335)

"I hope that the arguments presented here will make their own distinctive contribution to the vigour of the debate on Scotland's political future which is now gathering momentum." STEPHEN MAXWELL

Following an introductory chapter exploring why political argument deals in probability and plausibility across interdependent areas of social activity not certainty in individual areas, this book offers a case for independence under six main headings – the democratic case, the economic case, the social case, the international case, the cultural case and the environmental case. Under each heading, the case is assessed against both the supportive evidence and the hostile evidence, from a variety of sources, concluding with a judgement of where the balance of the evidence points. The book concludes with a selection of populist objections to independence answered by summary rebuttals from the independence file.

STEPHEN MAXWELL was active in the debate on Scotland’s political future for four decades. A native of Edinburgh, he studied at the universities of Cambridge and the London School of Economics before teaching and researching in international politics at the universities of Sussex and Edinburgh and at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. He was the SNP’s national press officer between 1973 and 1977 and subsequently a Lothian Regional Councillor and director of the SNP’s campaign for a Yes vote in the 1979 Scottish Assembly referendum. Until October 2009 he was Associate Director of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.


Following an introductory chapter exploring why political argument deals in probability and plausibility across interdependent areas of social activity not certainty in individual areas, this book offers a case for independence under six main headings - the democratic case, the economic case, the social case, the international case, the cultural case and the environmental case. Under each heading, the case is assessed against both the supportive evidence and the hostile evidence, from a variety of sources, concluding with a judgement of where the balance of the evidence points. The book concludes with a selection of populist objections to independence answered by summary rebuttals from the independence file.


 

ISBN 1908373334
ISBN13 9781908373335
Publisher Luath Press Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/09/2012
Pages 192
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 156

Preface by Owen Dudley Edwards
Acknowledgements
Introduction

THE CASE FOR SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE
Ways of Arguing
The Democratic Case
The Economic Case
The Social Case
The International Case
The Cultural Case
The Environmental Case
'Aye, but...'

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