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7th June 2017
post by David McCrone

The party of Union may well end up its gravedigger, says David McCrone, if the battle for independence settles down to a long war between ‘progressive’ Scotland and ‘reactionary’ England with a right-wing government at Westminster coupled with a Scottish Tory outlier and cheer-leader.

1st June 2017
post by Ailsa Henderson

As polling companies try out different methodologies in the light of recent reviews of their practices, Ailsa Henderson explains how they determine who is likely to vote.

31st May 2017
post by Richard Parry

As the campaigns get back to a nervous start after the Manchester attacks, Richard Parry takes stock of where things stand.

21st May 2017
post by Richard Wyn Jones

Rhodri Morgan did more than steady the Welsh Assembly's early steps, writes Richard Wyn Jones, he led Wales to a point where devolution seems the natural state of affairs.

9th May 2017
post by Michael Keating

Scottish political divisions now run along three axes, says Michael Keating - this multidimensional competition makes politics more complicated and elections less predictable.

9th May 2017
post by Centre on Const...

Dr. Alistair Clark looks at the the spin and recriminations about the results of the Scottish local elections,and how one story has barely been touched upon. Despite all the pessimism about participation, turnout for the council contest was up significantly to 46.9% from 39.6% in 2012.

3rd May 2017
post by Meryl Kenny

In the upcoming but overlooked local elections the issue of women's representation has once again been sidelined. Dr Meryl Kenny and Prof Fiona Mackay argue that this matter is too important to be left to parties and that it is time for legislation.

28th April 2017
post by Janice Morphet

The challenges presented by an international border on the island of Ireland has been highlighted as a key challenge in Brexit negotiations but, says Prof Janice Morphett, a solution may already exist in the shape of European Groupings for Territorial Cooperation (EGTCs).

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