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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Michael Keating discusses how Scottish independence would affect politics in both parts of Ireland. This article originally appeared on TheJournal.ie There has been little connection between the Scottish and Irish national questions since the nineteenth century. While there were some individual cont... Read more
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This article originall appeared in The Press and Journal on 25 August 2014. Michael Keating believes forcing Scotland out of the European Union will cause so many problems that politicians will find a way to overcome any technical or legal difficulties over membership. At the start of the current in... Read more
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The Better Together campaign have had a difficult time in recent months. They keep on telling themselves not to be so negative, but cannot help it. Threats about the dire consequences of independence annoy as many Scots as they convince. More fundamentally, they have seemed unable to articulate just... Read more
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This is a summary of the various Scotland Analysis papers put out by the UK Government as its response to the Scottish Government’s independence proposals. So there is nothing new, but it provides a succinct statement of the case for the union. Like the analysis papers themselves, it is a mixed offe... Read more
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Michael Keating discusses debates by the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Affairs Committee and Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee. The Edinburgh Agreement is regarded internationally as a remarkable achievement in providing for a legal, constitutional and democratic route to Scotti... Read more
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Political scientists have long known that winning elections is often not a matter of having detailed policies and distinguishing oneself from one’s opponents. Instead, it is a matter of seizing ownership of issues on which there is broad agreement and defining them on your own terms. So historically... Read more
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Ahead of Saturday's What Happens if Scotland votes no? event, Michael Keating shares his thoughts on Scotland's current and future role in the European Union. Europe and Devolution From the early days of the European project it has been recognized that Europeanization can undermine federal and devol... Read more
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Scottish Labour’s claim in the first paragraph of its latest paper, to have led the argument for devolution for over 100 years takes a historical liberty. Its unionist and home rule components have fought it out since the 1920s. Devolution in 1999 allowed Labour to take ownership of the issue, but s... Read more
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This blog by Michael Keating originally appeared on The Political Studies Association blog There are several ironies in the current constitutional debate in Scotland. One is that both sides are talking the language of union. The label ‘unionist’, previously a highly charged term associated with the... Read more
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The debate on whether an independent Scotland would be a member of the European Union refuses to go away, in spite of all the work put into clarifying matters. The latest intervention from Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso merely confuses the question. Like most people who have studied the m... 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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