Monthly Archives: March 2013

Answering the West Lothian Question

Professor Charlie Jeffery of the University of Edinburgh describes the process behind the McKay Commission report, an important step forward in answering the West Lothian Question.  THE McKay Commission on the Consequences of Devolution for the House of Commons publishes … Continue reading

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Event: Debating Scottish science, innovation and independence

Scotland’s science base is excellent, but we are less successful at translating this to a vibrant and profitable high-tech industry-based economy. Opinions are sharply divided about how scientific research and Scotland’s future economic success, as it builds on technological innovation, would be affected by … Continue reading

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After the Referendum

In a piece originally published at the UK Constitutional Law Blog, Professor Stephen Tierney turns his attention to the process which might ensue following a yes vote, looking to the paper published by the Scottish Government on independence and the … Continue reading

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The Plebiscite on Puerto Rico’s Constitutional Status: Determining Puerto Rico’s Future

The University of Pennsylvania’s Jaime Lluch discusses Puerto Rico’s plebiscite on the territory’s constitutional status, pointing to the ambiguity inherent in the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States.  Last November 6, the citizens of Puerto Rico held a … Continue reading

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The Costs of State Pensions in Scotland

This post by the University of Stirling’s Dr. David Bell looks at the future costs of State Pensions in Scotland. Dr. Bell argues that given today’s revelations about the Scottish Government’s leaked paper, this is perhaps a useful time to … Continue reading

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Women, gender equality and constitutional change: lessons from Catalonia and Scotland

This blog, written by Meryl Kenny (UNSW) and  Tània Verge (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) draws on discussions held at the Women and Constitutional Futures Seminar: Gender Equality Matters in a New Scotland held on 14/15 February 2013 at the Royal Society of … Continue reading

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Another Independence Referendum in 2014? Recent Developments in Catalonia

Constitutional lawyer, Dr Elisenda Casanas-Adam, describes the parallel process towards a (potential) constitutional referendum in Catalonia, and suggests that it may have implications for Scotland, especially in relation to EU membership.   Last month the Catalan Parliament adopted a ‘Declaration … Continue reading

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