Eve Hepburn

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 decision of the majority of Scots to vote ‘No’ may result in even more radical constitutional change to the UK

The decision of the majority of Scots to vote ‘No’ may result in even more radical constitutional change to the UK

The Scottish independence referendum has opened up the Pandora’s Box of territorial identities, politics and interests in the UK. Do the pro-UK parties really believe that we will initiate and conclusively finalise a proper, thoughtful, consultative process of radical constitutional change within three months? One wonders if Cameron et al were mixing something with their Irn-Bru when they came up […]

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    If Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is markedly different from the rest of the UK

If Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is markedly different from the rest of the UK

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has articulated a civic nationalism that welcomes immigrants and ethnic minorities as part of Scotland’s rich ‘tartan tapestry’. Eve Hepburn explores why Scottish parties have been able to avoid the anti-immigration hysteria that peppers political debates south of the border, writing that if Scotland votes ‘Yes’, we will likely see an immigration policy that is […]

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    Regardless of whether it’s a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ vote, the answer must be radical change

Regardless of whether it’s a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ vote, the answer must be radical change

With polls indicating the independence referendum is neck and neck, Eve Hepburn writes that regardless of the outcome there must be radical change. Many Scots who will vote ‘Yes’ will do so out of concern with the democratic deficit in current UK political structures, the gradual erosion of the welfare state, and the need to create a fairer, more just society. A ‘No’ result would […]

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    The ‘domino effect’ from Scotland’s referendum is increasing demands for independence in Italian regions

The ‘domino effect’ from Scotland’s referendum is increasing demands for independence in Italian regions

With the UK focused on the independence referendum in Scotland, other countries across Europe who are also facing demands from regions for greater autonomy or secession are also paying attention. Eve Hepburn writes on three such movements in Italy: in South Tyrol, Veneto and Sardinia. She argues that the result of the Scottish referendum is likely to shape the immediate future of these […]

September 13th, 2014|Eve Hepburn, Featured|1 Comment|

Evidence from nationalist movements in Scotland and Northern Ireland shows that pragmatism and the ability to adapt are key to electoral success, and that nationalism is still a potent political force.

Contemporary political analysis tends to draw few comparisons between nationalist movements in Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, Eve Hepburn and P. J. McLoughlin argue that in both cases, such movements have adopted variously pro-European positions in order to benefit from opportunities for aid and for greater political representation, and have thus successfully moderated their nationalist ambitions.