Trick or Treaty: The Negotiation and Articles of Union in the Context of Mercantilist Ideas

  • Aida Ramos
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Economic Thought book series (PHET)


This chapter examines the economics of the Articles of Union, integrating the concepts of positive balance to assess what each side hoped to gain, and structural violence to analyze how England prevented Scotland from getting any advantage over itself. The articles on economic issues such as taxation, debt, and the Equivalent are explored both at the drafting stage and in the debates in the Scottish Parliament before their passage. The articles on the dissolution of the parliament, the Company of Scotland, and movement of the capital are also discussed for their long-term economic implications. In particular, the issue of reduced representation for Scotland is analyzed as a form of structural violence wherein Scotland was ensured of never attaining a majority over their English counterparts.


Act of Union Parliament Structural violence Representation Taxation Articles of Union Debt Equivalent John Somers John Clerk George Lockhart Earl of Stair Union treaty Political capital 


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  • Aida Ramos
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  1. 1.University of DallasIrvingUSA

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