Scotland Independence Referendum

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    Independence in the Age of Disruption: questions for Scotland’s main parties

Independence in the Age of Disruption: questions for Scotland’s main parties

In light of the party conference season, Gerry Hassan provides an overview of the issues the SNP, Labour, and the Conservatives must urgently deal with in Scotland. He argues that with the challenges and ruptures that lie ahead, Scotland will need a very different kind of politics.

Scottish politics is in a strange place at the moment – not one […]

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    Scots are not becoming more conservative: three factors behind the Tory ‘revival’ in North East Scotland

Scots are not becoming more conservative: three factors behind the Tory ‘revival’ in North East Scotland

Twenty years after losing all of their Scottish seats, the 2017 general election gave 13 MPs to the Conservatives. Was that because Scotland is becoming more conservative? The factors behind the revival look to be more Unionist than conservative, explains Malcolm Harvey, with Indyref2, Brexit, and SNP’s governing competence being the most significant.

One of the remarkable stories of the 2017 […]

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    More devolution rather than independence: time for the SNP to rediscover the ‘middle way’

More devolution rather than independence: time for the SNP to rediscover the ‘middle way’

The fall in support, and considerable loss of Parliamentary representation, for the Scottish National Party in the 2017 general election, throws the immediate future of the pro-independence project into some doubt. Mark Simpson suggests that nationalists need to play a longer game, focusing for now on getting the devolved powers they need to create a more equal Scotland within […]

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    Illustrating the spectacular decline of Labour in Scotland and the revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Illustrating the spectacular decline of Labour in Scotland and the revival of the Scottish Conservatives

Up until the 2015 UK general election, Scotland had been regarded as a Labour stronghold, with the country regularly returning a large number of Labour MPs to Westminster. But the party managed to secure only a single Scottish seat in 2015 and recent polls suggest its vote share could fall even further in the upcoming general election in June. […]

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    The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

The politics of national security: how safe would an independent Scotland be?

What are the security considerations to keep in mind when debating for or against Scottish independence? Although independence is unlikely to pose an existential threat to Scotland, there are still important issues to consider – despite being given little attention in public debates. Andrew Neal draws on the book ‘Security in a Small Nation’ (free to download) to outline […]

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    Citizens in the making? Votes at 16 and lessons for a second independence referendum

Citizens in the making? Votes at 16 and lessons for a second independence referendum

What lessons can we learn from Scotland’s decision to lower the voting age to 16? Malcolm Hill, Andrew Lockyer, George Head, and Craig McDonald draw on a schools-based study examining teacher and pupil opinion about the experience of preparing to vote in the 2014 referendum. They explain how the teaching of politics can prepare students for a second independence […]

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    Why the current UK-Scotland constitutional impasse was far from inevitable

Why the current UK-Scotland constitutional impasse was far from inevitable

Political deadlock between the UK and Scottish governments over Brexit might well have been avoided, if a greater sense of compromise had prevailed, writes Anthony Salamone. He argues that the incomplete embedding of devolution into the UK constitutional framework has exacerbated the Brexit-related tensions which have emerged, as the absence of avenues for resolution of multi-level political disputes lowered […]

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    Hashtags, memes, and trolls: social media as a campaigning battleground for Indyref2

Hashtags, memes, and trolls: social media as a campaigning battleground for Indyref2

Much of the debate during the 2014 Scottish Independence referendum was taking place on social media. Will this be repeated if Indyref2 was to be held in the near future? As the debate for the proposed referendum is starting to shape up, Graeme Baxter, Simon Burnett, Iain MacLeod, Sarah Pedersen and Elizabeth Tait reflect on some of the characteristics […]