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From declinism to endism: exploring the ideology of British break-up

Aughey, Arthur (2010) From declinism to endism: exploring the ideology of British break-up. Journal of Political Ideologies, 15 (1). pp. 11-30. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569310903512183

DOI: 10.1080/13569310903512183


A generation of scholars have considered the question of British decline and engaged in a lively debate about the relative standing of the United Kingdom as a world power. However, as Kenny and English argued, there has often been a practical aspect to this debate which they called ‘declinism’, a concern with courses of action or solutions and revealing the anxieties and anticipations of post-war Britain. It is argued here that one can detect in certain reflections on constitutional change in the United Kingdom an ideology of endism. This article argues that it is possible to distinguish between devolution - ending one specific form of British governance - and the ideological reading of that moment – endism which expresses wished-for outcomes. It examines the inter-related assumptions of endist thinking and assesses its place within the British political imagination

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Politics & International Studies
ID Code:15208
Deposited By: Professor Arthur Aughey
Deposited On:24 Aug 2010 08:10
Last Modified:09 May 2016 11:03

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