Yes or No? Older people, politics and the Scottish Referendum in 2014

Jim Crowther, Ellen Boeren, Alan Mackie

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Abstract

Scottish citizens actively participated in the political issues raised by the 2014 referendum on independence from the UK. Citizens' attitudes were characterized by a curiosity and willingness to learn and act for themselves, thus generating the self-education of hundreds of thousands of Scottish people (Hassan, 2014). This rich educative practice generated a genuine dialogue about what kind of place Scotland should seek to become (Mitchell, 2014). In this article we report on the issues, experiences and patterns of response to the independence referendum, with specific
reference to the role of older voters (61+ age group) in this process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalResearch on Ageing and Social Policy
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2018

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