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The Politics of Scotland's Public Finances

Taken from his chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics, David Heald, University of Glasgow, discusses the intergovernmental conflicts between the UK Government and devolved governments in the context of UK devolution finance. 
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UK is not doing enough to get Irish-facing ports ready for Brexit

The Irish Sea and the maritime borders between Britain and Ireland, needs to receive more focus in Brexit discussions argue Jonathan Evershed, University College Cork and Rhys Jones, Aberystwyth University, as the UK’s Internal Market Bill, could significantly affect UK ports like Liverpool, Holyhead, Fishguard, Pembroke Dock and Milford Haven, and the Irish ports of Dublin and Rosslare.
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UK internal market principles will create distrust within the union, says new report

New rules on the UK’s internal market will undermine devolution and create distrust between the governments of the United Kingdom, according to a new report from Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh.
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A New Team at CCC!

Following the CCC’s founding Director, Professor Michael Keating, stepping down from the role, we are delighted announce the new Directorate. Dr Karlo Basta will join Professor Nicola McEwen in co-directing the Centre. Dr Coree Brown Swan, who has been involved with the Centre from its infancy, will now serve as Deputy Director. Meet the team and hear their ambitions for the Centre.
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Local government's place in the Scottish polity: time for a re-think?

Devolution rapidly transformed Scotland's political executive, legislature and party system, however, its impact on local government has been more muted as local government structure remains that inherited from the Conservatives in 1995-96. Neil McGarvey, University of Strathclyde, argues that it is time for Scotland to develop its own approach to local government.
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Multicultural Scotland

Ross Bond, University of Edinburgh, examines the demographic structure and history of Scotland, and the attitudes, identities and experiences of its people.
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The Internal Market Bill may further erode trust and security in Ireland/Northern Ireland

"The most dangerous impact of the Brexit process and of the Internal Market Bill on the Good Friday Agreement is its impact on trust and security in Northern Ireland and between the two governments" writes Etain Tannam, Trinity College, and Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork.
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An interview with Michael Keating

On 30th September, Professor Michael Keating stepped down as our Director. To mark the occasion, our Communications Officer spoke to Michael about his career, the creation of the Centre and what's next.
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Catalonia Three Years After the Independence Referendum

Daniel Cetrà provides an update three years after the Catalonian Independence Referendum and asks what might Scottish Unionists and nationalists learn from the Catalan experience?