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What might the Prime Minister’s immigration proposals mean for Scotland?

Eve Hepburn examines Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s proposals for a new Australian-style points-based immigration system, and its implications for regional differentiation for Scotland.
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The Scottish Party System at 20

In his contribution to devolution at twenty, Malcolm Harvey reflects on the changing Scottish party system.
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What was Boris up to in Scotland?

Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon of Cambridge University reflect on Boris Johnson's trip to Aberdeen, arguing that it represents a form of 'unionist activism', using the central state to make the case for the Union.
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How Boris Johnson’s position collapsed

Richard Parry discusses the Commons vote and the relationship between passing the new Brexit law and calling a General Election.
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GERS: Reflections on the debate

The publication of the annual GERS report has sparked the usual ill-tempered debate, but what can we reasonably take from GERS? David Eiser of the Fraser of Allander Institute reflects on the report and its implications on Scotland's constitutional debates.
Climate change

Devolution, climate change and the climate emergency

Dr Antje Brown of St Andrew’s University reflects on the Scottish Government’s climate change agenda at a time of climate emergency. She argues that like in 2009, the conditions are right for ambitious action on climate change.

Nationalism, Liberalism and Language in Catalonia and Flanders: New book by Dr Daniel Cetrà

In his new book, Nationalism, Liberalism and Language in Catalonia and Flanders, CCC Research fellow Dr. Daniel Cetrà examines the linguistic disputes in Catalonia and Flanders, two major cases of sub-state nationalism.

Brexit and its Implications for Scottish Devolution

With a month to go till Brexit Day, Professor Nicola McEwen, Co-Director at the Centre, examines what Brexit will mean for Scotland's devolved government.

Environmental governance in Scotland: An analysis of the Scottish Government’s consultation

The Scottish Government has published its Consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance in Scotland, setting out proposals for the status of environmental principles in Scotland and options for monitoring performance, considering complaints and enforcing the law. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee, examines the proposals.