Paul Cairney

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Paul
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Professor of Politics and Public Policy
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University of Stirling
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Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy in the Department of History and Politics.  He is a specialist in Scottish politics and public policy, currently completing (with Neil McGarvey, Strathclyde) a second edition of 'Scottish Politics'.  He is also a specialist in the study of policymaking, currently writing a single--authored book entitled 'Policy and Policymaking in the UK' and co-editing (with Robert Geyer, Lancaster) a book on complexity theory and its applications to policymaking. 

His articles have been accepted for publication in leading journals including British Journal of Politics and International Relations, British Politics, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Policy and Politics, Political Studies, Policy Studies, Policy Studies Journal, Political Quarterly, Political Studies Review, Public Administration, Public Policy and Administration, Regional and Federal Studies, Scottish Affairs and Scottish Parliamentary Review.

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Governance, Centre on Constitutional Change

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Nicola Sturgeon's announcement of a bill and consultation to pave the way for a second Scottish independence referendum may be a way of keeping activists happy while waiting to see how things unfold, says Paul Cairney.    Nicola Sturgeon has announced a consultation on a new Bill on Scottish Indepen... Read more
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My gut says that there will be a second referendum on Scottish independence and that Yes will win comfortably. Yet, predicting political events and outcomes right now is like predicting the weather. The result is not inevitable, largely because the key factors prompting people to vote No have not go... Read more
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Amidst a bewildering array of claims and counterclaims, Dr Andrew Glencross and Prof Paul Cairney offer some advice on how to wade through all the information on ‘Brexit’ to make an informed choice.  We often hear that citizens don’t have enough information to help them make a decision about the EU... Read more
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Paul Cairney looks at what the Scottish election result means for the future of the union. This post originally appeared on The Converstion. It did not take long for political parties and commentators to start making confident pronouncements about what the Scottish election result means for the futu... Read more
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After the high drama of #Indyref and the cliffhanger-that-wasn't of #GE2015, this year's Scottish Parliament election campaign may have seemed a little modest by comparison. However, says Prof Paul Cairney, it has had its talking points.    It would be tempting to ignore the Scottish Parliament elec... Read more
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Much has been made of the new powers and responsibilities moving from London to Edinburgh but, asks Paul Cairney, will anyone notice a difference?   The prospect of greater taxation and spending responsibility for the Scottish Government allows us to revisit the idea that further Scottish devolution... Read more
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The Scottish Government just launched a National Conversation on how the new powers contained in the Scotland Bill 2015 should be used. Paul Cairney suggests that there are two ways of looking at the exercise.    This week, the Scottish Government launched a new national discussion. Unlike in 2007,... Read more
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Constitutional discussions frequently obscure wider policy debates in Scotland, says Paul Cairney. His current research demonstrates that, as well as being obscured by constitutional clashes, issues of inequality are frequently treated with flashy quick fixes at the expense of long-term results.   ... Read more
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Paul Cairney looks at Full Fiscal Autonomy and how it could well backfire to cause the death of the union.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Back on the agenda following the Conservative and Scottish National Party (SNP) victories in the UK election is full fiscal autonomy fo... Read more
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Paul Cairney suggests that right now, we should take a step back to think about how big this SNP win is. This article orginally appeared on The Conversation. I sat in the media area of the Glasgow count, 50 metres from the Scottish National Party (SNP) crowd. From 2.30am, every few minutes, they wou... Read more
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