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Category Archives: Referendum process, campaign and vote
A New Direction for the Conservatives on Devolution?
Alan Convery responds to the Strathclyde Report produced by the Scottish Conservatives, an important moment for the party. For the Scottish Conservatives, the publication of the Strathclyde Commission report on further devolution marks another significant moment in a long journey … Continue reading
Who will decide the referendum outcome?
Nicola McEwen reflects on reports that voters of non-Scottish origins will play a decisive role in the referendum vote at The Conversation, noting that the emphasis on country of origin in analysing voting intention is misplaced. The latest ICM poll made delightful reading for … Continue reading
Reflections on the SNP conference
James Mitchell discusses this weekend’s SNP conference in Aberdeen, reflecting on the party’s 80 year history and its future. The SNP meets in Aberdeen this weekend almost exactly 80 years after its foundation. There will be many references to the … Continue reading
Four reasons a Scottish Conservative might vote ‘Yes’ in 2014
In a piece originally published by the LSE British Politics and Policy blog, Edinburgh’s Alan Convery examines the potential motivations and intentions of Scottish Conservative voters. At first glance it might seem odd that a former Conservative MSP has announced that he will … Continue reading
Why George Osborne declassified official policy advice
Why did the Chancellor move to cite policy and legal advice which is normally protected from Freedom of Information requests? The University of Edinburgh’s Richard Parry discusses George Osborne’s speech in the context of Westminster’s strategy. Normally ministers fight to their … Continue reading
Video: Scottish Social Attitudes 2013
ScotCen / NatCen Social Research and What Scotland Thinks are kicked off the New Year with a major conference on Scotland’s independence referendum. Chaired by BBC Scotland’s Political Editor Brian Taylor, the all day event on 22 January considered how … Continue reading
Not the DVLA question. Cross-Border Governance after Independence
Dr Nicola McEwen, ESRC Senior Scotland Fellow and Director of Public Policy, Edinburgh Academy of Government, assesses the White Paper’s prospectus for shared cross-border arrangements after independence. It used to be called the DVLA question. A vision of Scottish independence … Continue reading
Towards a Fair and Democratic Process? Regulating the Referendum on Scottish Independence
In a post originally published at the UK Constitutional Law Group’s blog, Professor Stephen Tierney discusses the necessary components of a fair and democratic referendum. Stephen notes the focus on the outcome rather than the legitimacy of the process. The … Continue reading
Tall Tales: Religion and Scottish Independence
In this piece, originally published at What Scotland Thinks, the University of Edinburgh’s Michael Rosie discusses the links between independence and religion in Scotland, concluding that apparent differences between Catholics and Protestants on issues of constitutional change are a result … Continue reading
Partnership after Independence
In this article published at the Future of the UK and Scotland and Scotland on Sunday, Dr. Nicola McEwen discusses the Scottish government’s proposals of independence, describing them as ’embedded within the British Isles’ In little over a year from … Continue reading