Robyn Munro

How to improve governance in an ever looser union

Since 1999 and the devolution of power to different regions, it has been important for the four UK administrations to work together and coordinate policies. The main political forum for this is the Joint Ministerial Committee. In this article, Robyn Munro and Akash Paun set out some of the issues with the JMC and suggest how it can be reformed.

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    It is not clear what will happen to Scotland’s 44,000 civil servants in the event of independence

It is not clear what will happen to Scotland’s 44,000 civil servants in the event of independence

At present, almost 44,000 civil servants are working in Scotland: 27,000 for UK Government departments and around 17,000 for the Scottish Government. It is not clear what will happen to these civil servants in the event of independence, says Robyn Munro. 

The Scottish Government’s White Paper states that it will ‘work with the Westminster Government to preserve continuity of employment for […]

How smaller parties fare in coalition: Lessons for the Liberal Democrats in the run-up to 2015

The Lib Dems face the “unity-distinctiveness dilemma”: they must defend the overall coalition record whilst also emphasising distinct achievements. In a recent paper based on international case studies, Akash Paun & Robyn Munro set out five lessons for the Lib Dems as the party seeks to avoid electoral collapse in May 2015. As the UK coalition government heads towards its endgame, the two parties of […]