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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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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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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  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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