Monthly Archives: January 2013

A Question of Fairness?

Dr Nicola McEwen, Director of Public Policy at the Academy of Government, provides an assessment of the Electoral Commission’s recommendations on the Scottish independence question. She argues that in spite of the speedy acceptance of the Commission’s key recommendations, the … Continue reading

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The EU referendum as a game-changer?

Professor John Peterson, Professor of International Politics at the University of Edinburgh, argues that the promise of an EU referendum is not a game-changer in the debate on Scottish independence, but that it does change the game for the UK’s … Continue reading

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The West Lothian question taken to a new level

In a oped originally published in Scotland on Sunday, Professor Michael Keating discusses the implications for David Cameron’s proposed referendum on Europe, drawing attention to isolationist tendencies amongst British Conservatives. David Cameron is heading into a cul-de-sac. He promises a … Continue reading

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Too small for the big leagues? Foreign policy in an independent Scotland

As attention focuses on the future of the UK and Scotland in the European Union, Dr Juliet Kaarbo reflects on the opportunities and constraints that an independent Scotland as a small European state could face on the international stage.  What would … Continue reading

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Event: Scotland and the Two Unions

On the heels of the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the intended EU referendum, the European Union Society is proud to host a first of its kind debate at the University of Edinburgh, featuring three Members of European Parliament and one … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Europe: Scenarios for an Independent Scotland

Dr. Daniel Kenealy weighs in on the debate about Scotland’s status within the European Union should Scotland vote for independence. ‘This government’, stated Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on 13 December 2012, ‘believes that Scotland benefits, economically and socially, … Continue reading

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Higher Education in Scotland, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence

Professor Sheila Riddell outlines her ESRC funded research on the future of education in the context of devolution and in light of the forthcoming referendum on independence. In the run-up to the referendum in autumn 2014, it is important to … Continue reading

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Dr Nicola McEwen launches the University of Edinburgh Referendum Blog

This is the latest in a series of historic weeks in Scottish political life. Following the parliamentary approval of the Edinburgh Agreement in the Westminster Parliament, the Scottish Parliament’s legal authority to hold an independence referendum is now beyond doubt. … Continue reading

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