Posts by Michael Keating

Michael Keating discusses how Scottish independence would affect politics in both parts of Ireland. This article originally appeared on TheJournal.ie There has been little connection between the Scottish and Irish national questions since the nineteenth century. While there were some individual... Read more
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This article originall appeared in The Press and Journal on 25 August 2014. Michael Keating believes forcing Scotland out of the European Union will cause so many problems that politicians will find a way to overcome any technical or legal difficulties over membership. At the start of the current... Read more
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The Better Together campaign have had a difficult time in recent months. They keep on telling themselves not to be so negative, but cannot help it. Threats about the dire consequences of independence annoy as many Scots as they convince. More fundamentally, they have seemed unable to articulate... Read more
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This is a summary of the various Scotland Analysis papers put out by the UK Government as its response to the Scottish Government’s independence proposals. So there is nothing new, but it provides a succinct statement of the case for the union. Like the analysis papers themselves, it is a mixed... Read more
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Michael Keating discusses debates by the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Affairs Committee and Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee. The Edinburgh Agreement is regarded internationally as a remarkable achievement in providing for a legal, constitutional and democratic route to... Read more
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Political scientists have long known that winning elections is often not a matter of having detailed policies and distinguishing oneself from one’s opponents. Instead, it is a matter of seizing ownership of issues on which there is broad agreement and defining them on your own terms. So... Read more
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Ahead of Saturday's What Happens if Scotland votes no? event, Michael Keating shares his thoughts on Scotland's current and future role in the European Union. Europe and Devolution From the early days of the European project it has been recognized that Europeanization can undermine federal and... Read more
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Scottish Labour’s claim in the first paragraph of its latest paper, to have led the argument for devolution for over 100 years takes a historical liberty. Its unionist and home rule components have fought it out since the 1920s. Devolution in 1999 allowed Labour to take ownership of the issue, but... Read more
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This blog by Michael Keating originally appeared on The Political Studies Association blog There are several ironies in the current constitutional debate in Scotland. One is that both sides are talking the language of union. The label ‘unionist’, previously a highly charged term associated with the... Read more
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The debate on whether an independent Scotland would be a member of the European Union refuses to go away, in spite of all the work put into clarifying matters. The latest intervention from Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso merely confuses the question. Like most people who have studied the... Read more
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