Scotland Independence Referendum

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    ‘Emotive nationalism’ does not explain Scotland’s young ‘Yes’ voters

‘Emotive nationalism’ does not explain Scotland’s young ‘Yes’ voters

The independence referendum of 2014 granted 16 and 17 year old Scots the right to vote in a nationwide contest for the first time, with the increased political engagement of young people proving to be one of the key positives to come out of the election. Here, Maddie Breeze, Hugo Gorringe, Lynn Jamieson and Michael Rosie look at the attitudes of those […]

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    Jim Murphy faces a formidable challenge in ‘refounding’ Scottish Labour

Jim Murphy faces a formidable challenge in ‘refounding’ Scottish Labour

The new leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy seems like the right person to help Labour recover its position in Scotland. However, he faces significant obstacles, not least that many voters see Scottish Labour as essntially a branch plant of UK Labour. Here, Eric Shaw summarises the challenges and points to some of the radical themes Murphy has been sounding in trying to turn the tide. 

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    Lessons from Québec on avoiding another Scottish referendum

Lessons from Québec on avoiding another Scottish referendum

Parallels have been drawn between the independence movements of Québec and Scotland, with the former twice rejecting the option to become an independent state in referendums on the issue. Scotland did likewise this year, opting to remain a part of the UK. Frédéric Bastien that Québec has lessons to teach the UK on avoiding a “neverendum” on the issue. 

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Year in review: the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum

The Scottish independence referendum on the 18th of September was this past year’s – and perhaps our generation’s – key political event. To mark the end of 2014 we’ve compiled some of our top articles which analysed important aspects of the Scottish question and campaign, and which speak to the significance of the event and its ongoing constitutional and political ramifications. For our […]

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    English Votes for English Laws is the start of a longer process that will change how we think about the territories of the UK

English Votes for English Laws is the start of a longer process that will change how we think about the territories of the UK

The announcement by William Hague of a range of options for English Votes for English Laws should be seen as the start of a wider process, says Charlie Jeffery. That process is likely to include, at least, a clearer separation of England and Wales as jurisdictions and reform of how Westminster and Whitehall – not to mention the electorate […]

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    English Votes for English Laws is a constitutional issue which has become intensely political

English Votes for English Laws is a constitutional issue which has become intensely political

Hours after the Scottish independence referendum results were in, David Cameron announced that any further devolution to Scotland would be linked to a resolution of the ‘West Lothian question’, whereby Scottish MPs are able to vote for legislation in Westminster that affects England but not their own constituencies. William Hague was tasked with leading a consultation process on the issue of English […]

Scotland: if not independence then a federacy?

Now that the Smith Commission has reported, are we closer to the federal vision that some have conceived as an alternative to Scottish independence? Rather than a federation, Eve Hepburn writes that Scotland may come to resemble a different, lesser known ‘f-word’; a federacy, where there is considerable self-rule, but much less shared-rule than envisaged in federations. 

A great deal of analysis has gone into why Scotland voted ‘No’ […]

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    The total devolution of income tax to Scotland presents a number of important economic issues

The total devolution of income tax to Scotland presents a number of important economic issues

The Smith Commission report advocates an extensive devolution of fiscal powers to Scotland. But is it optimal that all of the tax devolution is concentrated into one tax, namely income tax? Ronnie MacDonald argues that there are many problems with this devolution arrangement, not least its implications for macroeconomic stability. Allowing the Scottish Government to, say, vary corporation tax by 3-4 per cent alongside significant income tax devolution would be much […]