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15th January 2018
post by Centre on Const...

We are looking for a Communications and Policy Engagement Officer to lead the communications and policy engagement activities on behalf of the Directors of the Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC) and the academic project team. You would develop and implement a communications and engagement strategy to ensure maximum impact and uptake of the CCC’s research.

8th January 2018
post by Luis Moreno

The key to understanding the 2017 Catalan election is to be found in another vote that took place two years earlier and, says Luis Moreno, a realization that Catalan politics is polarized.

8th January 2018
post by Willem Sas

What lessons might the economic theory of fiscal federalism have for the Catalan and Spanish administrations, asks Dr Willem Sas,

5th January 2018
post by Richard Parry

Richard Parry discusses the way that the major political projects that dominated the agenda in 2017 may evolve during the year ahead.

21st December 2017
post by Patrick Utz

CCC Researcher Patrick Utz asks what it would mean for German-speaking South Tyroleans to hold an Austrian passport besides their Italian one, and what are the implication for the existing autonomy provisions in Italy’s northernmost province.

11th December 2017
post by Kirsty Hughes

The first stage deal reached between the UK and the EU27 is an important staging post, says Kirsty Huges, but any suggestions that this opens the path to an easy future relationship are wide of the mark.

8th December 2017
post by Michael Keating

The current compromise on the border issue between Northern Ireland and the Republic relies on a subsequent technocratic fix, which, says Michael Keating, provides ample material for arguments in the course of the next round of negotiations.

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