Michael Keating

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Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen and Director of ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change
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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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In this piece, originally published in the Irish Times, Michael Keating explores the deep and irreconcilable tendencies within the Leave campaign: Europeans, Little Englanders, and Globalists.  The outcome of the referendum has left the UK deeply divided, by age, class, education and territory. Thes... Read more
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As the politicians try to make sense of the referendum result, they are struggling to define what ‘leave’ actually means. There are two issues at stake here: access to the European market; and membership of the political union.  Many on the Leave side are suggesting that the UK will retain access t... Read more
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There is great uncertainty about what lies ahead for the UK’s relationship with the European Union but one thing is clear. Out means out. We will not have membership of the Union, with the right to participate in its affairs and vote on its laws. We will be outside the European single market. This... Read more
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UK withdrawal from the European Union would not automatically put the clock back to 1973 because the world has changed since then. International trade is subject to regulation under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and regional trading blocks. It would therefore be necessary to decide on the count... Read more
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Four points of the European compass will need to be addressed, no matter your views on Brexit, says Michael Keating. This post originally appeared in The Scotsman. Four big issues have featured in the debate about the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) and the present referendum campaign: th... Read more
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Michael Keating asks if the United Kingdom votes to withdraw from the European Union on 23 June, what would the outcome of Brexit actually mean? Posted orginially in the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce Business Bulletin. If the United Kingdom votes to withdraw from the European Union on... Read more
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The EU referendum debate looks very different depending on where it's viewed from, says Michael Keating, and its repercussions may herald change across the UK and beyond.    As the EU referendum campaign gathers momentum, polls show the UK almost evenly divided on the merits of staying in and pullin... Read more
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The scale of the changes negotiated by David Cameron may be relatively modest, says Michael Keating, but they have far-reaching results regardless of the outcome of the referendum.    The outcome of the marathon European Council can be interpreted in a narrow or a broad way.    In the narrow interpr... Read more
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The United Kingdom has the right, under the Lisbon Treaty, to leave the European Union, as explained in Sionaidh Douglas-Scott’s paper for the Committee. Yet it remains unclear what the consequences of a vote to leave would be, given the uncertainty about the alternatives. Few of the protagonists in... Read more
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David Cameron’s proposed areas for renegotiation have implications for the Scottish Government, a situation that will increase once the Scotland Bill is passed. The distinct Scottish interest in the European renegotiation and referendum can be seen under two headings. The first concerns matters rese... Read more
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Latest blogs

  • 21st June 2018

    New research conducted by the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow suggests that a post-Brexit Scotland is likely to find itself losing out on much-needed low-skilled migrant labour from the European Economic Area (EEA) to English-speaking countries such as North America, Australia, and to countries within the EEA.

  • 19th June 2018

    Following the collapse of the Rajoy government following a corruption scandal, how does the new political landscape affect the constitutional debate in Catalonia? Prof Antonia María Ruiz Jiménez of Universidad Pablo de Olavide suggests that this apparently dramatic change will make relatively little difference.

  • 13th June 2018

    While populist leaders and movements make headlines worldwide, an often more subtle majority nationalism remains an endemic condition of the modern world. This phenomenon is comparatively understudied. The Centre on Constitutional Change invites calls for abstracts for an international workshop on the topic of majority nationalism, to be held in February 2019.

  • 31st May 2018

    The recent report by the Growth Commission contains some interesting ideas, says Michael Keating, but also makes some problematic assumptions.

  • 30th May 2018

    The Scottish and Welsh Governments worked together closely during their negotiations with the UK Government over those aspects of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that related to devolution. Despite ultimately choosing different paths, say Hedydd Phylip and Greg Davies, this spirit of cooperation looks set to continue.

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