Category Archives: Policy and Governance

Women in Scottish Politics: Travelling the Distance

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The announcement last week of Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership bid to replace Alex Salmond heralds an important turning point in Scottish politics: for the first time ever, three of the main Scottish parties will be led by women, and Scotland will have a female first minister. It also comes on the heels of a two-year long   …Continue Reading


NHS Scotland: After the Referendum

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“With the referendum over, Scotland’s political leaders have a range of public services to run, even if the electorate have denied them a country. About a third of their budget goes on health, and most of that on the NHS. According to a confidential government document, leaked in the final few days before the poll,   …Continue Reading


Presenting Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives

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“Rowman & Littlefield International have launched a new series – Feminist Institutionalist Perspectives – which seeks to publish cutting-edge work on gender and political institutions. Edited by Fiona Mackay, Elin Bjarnegard and Meryl Kenny – and launched in partnership with the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) – this series represents the ‘next stage’ of development of   …Continue Reading


Scottish Government Yearbooks 1976-92

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“The Institute of Governance has provided open online access to the full text of the full run of Scottish Government Yearbooks (1976-92).”   Read in full via Nationalism Studies.


NHS Scotland: safe in whose hands?

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“NHS Scotland has moved centre-stage in Scotland’s referendum debate, with each side making claims about its fate. But is everyone missing the point about the underlying health funding crisis?” Read in full via  Public Finance Opinion.


What future for childcare?

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“One of the questions not raised in the Referendum debate on the 5th of August was what the result might mean for childcare. Professor Bronwen Cohen asks what future for childcare beyond the referendum.”   Read in full at  Scotland’s Referendum: Informing the Debate.


The Uncelebrated Union

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“Neil Walker responds to last week’s debate, noting that ‘what  was not said was more interesting and more revealing than what was’. This piece was originally published at the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum.”   Read in full at Scotland’s Referendum: Informing the Debate.


Should Scotland vote for what is best for Scotland?

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The Yes and No camps are busy telling us that Scotland will be made better or worse off as a result of independence. What they both seem to assume is that “what is best for Scotland?” is the relevant question to ask. But why? The referendum will have an impact on people beyond Scotland’s borders.   …Continue Reading


Debates on Resource Extraction and Fair Trade in Africa: Conceptualising the ‘Global’ Dimensions

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On February 26th and 27th, two events were held in Edinburgh to discuss resource extraction and fair trade in Africa. Having had the chance to reflect on them both, Sam Spiegel shares some preliminary thoughts. Published in full via Postgrads From the Edge


Why shouldn’t Scottish prisoners get to vote?

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With the referendum for Scottish independence upcoming, Tim Hayward’s question has three possible contexts of application: it could be about the position of Scottish prisoners as nationals of the United Kingdom in political elections; it could be about Scottish prisoners under independent Scottish jurisdiction; or it could concern the say of Scottish prisoners in the   …Continue Reading


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