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Paul Cairney analyses the surge in support for the SNP after a no vote in the referendum. What does it mean? Paul will speak on Wednesday, 24 September at Stirling University on ‘Will life go on after the Scottish Independence referendum?’. For further details, please see here.

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Over 1.7m Scots were energised enough about the future of their country to campaign, research and turn out to vote for radical change on the 18th September.  And according one of the first post-result polls, 25% of No voters voted that way because they believed that Scotland would receive significant additional devolved powers whilst remaining in the UK. So that’s over 2 million voters wanting policy decisions for Scotland to be taken in Scotland.

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University experts offer wide-ranging analysis of the Scottish Independence Referendum outcome.

University experts offer wide-ranging analysis of the Scottish Independence Referendum outcome.

Academics from the University of Edinburgh and two research projects, the Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change and the Future of the UK and Scotland Programme put the vote in its wider political, economic and cultural context.

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In one sense, the answer to Scotland’s political future was comprehensively answered with the outcome of the independence referendum: 55% of voters opting to keep Scotland in the UK marked a decisive outcome, and one which, in recent weeks at least, was somewhat in doubt.  However, beyond that restatement of Scotland’s place in the Union, little else of Scotland’s future is clear.

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Following the defeat of devolution in the 1979 referendum, the SNP went into turmoil. It lost nine of its eleven MPs at the subsequent election and spent the next few years in a bitter internal civil war.  In 1979, SNP members expected an easy victory. The internal divisions were a function of shattered expectations.  That will not happen today despite the clear rejection of independence.

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  • 13th June 2018

    While populist leaders and movements make headlines worldwide, an often more subtle majority nationalism remains an endemic condition of the modern world. This phenomenon is comparatively understudied. The Centre on Constitutional Change invites calls for abstracts for an international workshop on the topic of majority nationalism, to be held in February 2019.

  • 31st May 2018

    The recent report by the Growth Commission contains some interesting ideas, says Michael Keating, but also makes some problematic assumptions.

  • 30th May 2018

    The Scottish and Welsh Governments worked together closely during their negotiations with the UK Government over those aspects of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill that related to devolution. Despite ultimately choosing different paths, say Hedydd Phylip and Greg Davies, this spirit of cooperation looks set to continue.

  • 28th May 2018

    The highly-anticipated publication of 'Scotland: A New Case for Optimism' outlines the new economic case for independence but, asks Coree Brown-Swan, it remains to be seen whether this will prompt a constructive debate by Unionists and Nationalists alike about some of Scotland's economic woes.

  • 18th May 2018

    Different political actors have responded to the decision by the Scottish Parliament to withhold its consent for the UK Government’s showpiece EU (Withdrawal) Bill in very different ways. Prof Nicola McEwen sifts the facts from the hyperbole and explains where we are and where we go from here.

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