Michael Keating

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Michael
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Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen and Director of ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change
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University of Aberdeen
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Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen, part-time Professor at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change. He has a BA from the University of Oxford and in 1975 was the first PhD graduate from what is now Glasgow Caledonian University. He has taught in several universities including Strathclyde, Western Ontario and the European University Institute, as well as universities in Spain and France.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Sciences. Michael Keating is the author or editor of over thirty books on Scottish politics, European politics, nationalism and regionalism. Among his recent books are The Independence of Scotland (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Rescaling the European State (Oxford University Press, 2013).

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Director, Centre on Constitutional Change

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  Boris Johnson’s trip to Edinburgh was accompanied by an announcement of £300 million in spending for the three devolved nations, apparently by-passing the block funding mechanism that has been in operation since devolution – and even before. This looks like good news for the citizens of Scotland,... Read more
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In this week’s instalment of our series on devolution at twenty, CCC Director Professor Michael Keating asks whether devolution has fulfilled its promise?  Devolution in 1999 was the culmination of over a hundred years of debate and some twenty years of campaigning after the false start of the 1970s... Read more
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CCC Director Professor Michael Keating previews this week's elections to the European Parliament as Scottish voters get an unexpected trip to the polls.   North of the border, the European Parliament elections revolve around not one but two constitutional issues: Brexit and Scottish independence. Th... Read more
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The United Kingdom and Scotland are both caught in their own constitutional deadlocks. Westminster is caught in a Brexit bind, with no majority for anything. Both Conservative and Labour leaderships seem to accept that the voters gave Parliament a mandate in June 2016 – but nobody can explain what t... Read more
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The Brexit deadlock has not only aired crucial differences in the way the British regard the European project. It has also exposed serious deficiencies in the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution. The failure to resolve the distinct constitutional requirements of Northern Ireland and Northern Ir... Read more
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CCC Director Michael Keating examines whether joining  the EFTA and thereby the EEA could work for the UK in the way that it does for Norway.      When the Brexit debate started back in 2016, one of the options briefly mooted was that the UK could join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and... Read more
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  The future of agriculture policy across the United Kingdom after Brexit is uncertain and risky, according to a new paper by Professor Michael Keating of the Centre on Constitutional Change. Reforms of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy over recent years have shifted the emphasis from farming to t... Read more
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Revised Research Briefing;  The Repatriation of Competences in Agriculture after Brexit   The future of agriculture policy across the United Kingdom after Brexit is uncertain and risky, according to a new paper by Professor Michael Keating of the Centre on Constitutional Change. Reforms of the EU’... Read more
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Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.  Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop. The backstop is supposed to be temporary a arrangement to keep the Irish border open. The UK would remain within the customs union and Northern I... Read more
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The path to Brexit has once again been blocked, seemingly on the issue of the Irish border and the implications for the peace process launched by the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). The GFA, while ending the violence of the Troubles, has not been a complete success. Political and social relations betwe... Read more
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