David McCrone

David McCrone

University of Edinburgh
Emeritus Professor of Sociology

Biography

David McCrone is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, and co-founder of the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Governance. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written extensively on the sociology and politics of Scotland, and the comparative study of nationalism. His book, with Frank Bechhofer, ‘Understanding National Identity’, will be published by Cambridge University Press early in 2015.

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20 years devolution

People O’ Oor Ain

In the first instalment of our series on devolution at twenty, the University of Edinburgh’s David McCrone shares his thoughts on the success of the Scottish Parliament.
General Election MOOC

Be Careful What You Wish For

David McCrone on the vulnerability of the current UK Conservative government, faced with negotiating Brexit. Be careful what you wish for next time around...

How Come it's Like this?

The party of Union may well end up its gravedigger, says David McCrone, if the battle for independence settles down to a long war between ‘progressive’ Scotland and ‘reactionary’ England with a right-wing government at Westminster coupled with a Scottish Tory outlier and cheer-leader.
EU, UK & Scotland Flags

Are Scots European?

Judging by the referendum result, it may seem obvious that Scots are more European than their neighbours to the south but, says David McCrone, the binary choice in a referendum masks a more complex picture.

A good servant but a poor master: the difficulties of proposing a written UK constitution in aftermath of the independence referendum

How do you write a constitution for a state in which 45% of the population of one of its founding partners voted to leave a political Union which it helped to create over 300 years ago? David McCrone investigates.