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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The new government has thrown open the European questions but, asks Michael Keating, what - if any - answers might prove satisfactory? Now that the Conservatives have a majority government, we will have a referendum on membership of the European Union. This is scheduled to happen before the end of 2... Read more
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It is a peculiar feature of devolution in the United Kingdom that each nation is treated differently, with its own settlement geared to local political demands.   Foreign observers look with puzzlement, seeing it as British pragmatism taken to extremes.   Yet, whether by chance or design, devolution... Read more
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The Public Administration Committee’s new report on the referendum focuses on two issues: the role of the civil service in helping to produce the Scottish Government’s independence white paper; and the action of Treasury Permanent Secretary Nicholas MacPherson in making public his advice that a curr... Read more
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Michael Keating discusses how English votes for English Laws has come to occupy a huge place in the debate about further devolution. English votes for English Laws has come to occupy a huge place in the debate about further devolution. For many Conservatives, it is a matter of elementary justice tha... Read more
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The draft legislation published in response to the report of the Smith Commission makes much of the concept of 'no detriment' - that the actions of one government should not harm another. However, explains CCC Director Michael Keating, that is considerably easier said than done.  Both the Smith Comm... Read more
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This article first appeared in The Herald. For a few months in 2014, Scotland moved to the centre of international attention. Politicians and journalists, used to thinking of Scotland as a colourful region of a stable country called England, scrambled to understand what was going on. If the United... Read more
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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee, 11 December 2014 - Evidence from Professor Michael Keating, Director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change The Smith Report 1) General Approach The Smith proposals should be judged according to whether they give the Scottish Parliament the powers needed t... Read more
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Is the Smith Report devo-max? Not according to Michael Keating, who says that the proposals are neither devo-max nor the 'near federalism' suggested by Gordon Brown. The Smith commission report provides the minimum amount of extra devolution required to meet the expectations raised by the famous ‘vo... Read more
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The United Kingdom has set up federal systems across the world but has been reluctant to embrace the principle itself, whether in relation to its constituent nations or to Europe. In the latter context, indeed, it has remained the ‘f-word’. Now almost everyone is talking about federalism as a new wa... Read more
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Michael Keating on the result, offers of further devolution, the Barnett Formula and a poisoned chalice.  The No side has scored a clear victory, clearer than has been anticipated in the last two weeks. On the other hand, a Yes vote of nearly 45% would have looked like a moral victory just a few mon... Read more
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  • 19th October 2018

    Proposed revisions to the Basque Statute of Autonomy have revealed underlying tensions but the fault lines are not where an outside observer might assume they would be. They are fundamental and political and, explains Michael Keating, unlikely to be resolved by technocratic debate.

  • 16th October 2018

    Bavaria’s long-dominant party, the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), has reached its worst election result in 60 years. As well as causing a headache for Angela Merkel, argues Patrick Utz, this political earthquake reveals Bavaria’s predicament between regionalism and populism,.

  • 15th October 2018

    As the buildup to the EU Council meeting reaches fever pitch, Richard Parry explains that deals at dawn may work in Brussels but they don't always play to the home crowd.

  • 13th October 2018

    Theresa May’s efforts to keep her DUP allies onside may, suggests Prof Nicola McEwen, end up easing Nicola Sturgeon’s path to independence following any subsequent referendum on the subject.

  • 12th October 2018

    The Commission on Justice in Wales, chaired by Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, will further clarify the legal and political identity of Wales within the UK constitution. Doing so, explains Prof Dan Wincott, will also bring clarity to the enduring significance of other territorial legal jurisdictions.

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