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Hepburn (2011) ‘Citizens of the region’: Party conceptions of regional citizenship and immigrant integration

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Locating Scotland within studies of Catalonia and Quebec, Hepburn (2011) comparatively explores questions of regional citizenship in relation to immigration and decentralised power within states. In terms of Scotland, the author outlines the Scottish Government and Scottish National Party response to the constraints on immigration policy emanating from a policy area reserved for Westminster, intended to overcome demographic instability and the subsequent concessions made by the UK Government. Covering aspects of citizenship such as rights, participation, and membership (in terms of sense of belonging and identity) the author identifies a number of specific factors, including evidence of political consensus on immigration and a notable absence of far right political parties opposed to immigration in Scotland, alongside Scottish National Party promotion of an open, civic model of citizenship for migrants within an independent Scotland. In this study of an important aspect of migrant integration, Hepburn (2011) highlights the regional differences found in relation to citizenship and its reconfiguration at the sub state level and of citizenship as being inherently linked to immigration policy.

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Hepburn, E. (2011) ‘Citizens of the region’: Party conceptions of regional citizenship and immigrant integration. European Journal of Political Research, Vol.50, pp.504–529.

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