Posts by Paul Cairney

Profs Paul Cairney, Nicola McEwen, Aileen McHarg, Karen Turner and David Wilson recently received a UKERC grant to research UK 'energy systems' in the context of multilevel policymaking. They explain that, just to start with, this will require defining many of the subjects of their research.    In... Read more
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Now is the perfect time to think about maximising the benefits of Scottish devolution. The first independence referendum produced important new constitutional changes, enshrined in the Scotland Act 2016. It now seems unlikely that there will be a second referendum any time soon. So, we have a... Read more
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Nicola Sturgeon's announcement of a bill and consultation to pave the way for a second Scottish independence referendum may be a way of keeping activists happy while waiting to see how things unfold, says Paul Cairney.    Nicola Sturgeon has announced a consultation on a new Bill on Scottish... Read more
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My gut says that there will be a second referendum on Scottish independence and that Yes will win comfortably. Yet, predicting political events and outcomes right now is like predicting the weather. The result is not inevitable, largely because the key factors prompting people to vote No have not... Read more
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Amidst a bewildering array of claims and counterclaims, Dr Andrew Glencross and Prof Paul Cairney offer some advice on how to wade through all the information on ‘Brexit’ to make an informed choice.  We often hear that citizens don’t have enough information to help them make a decision about the EU... Read more
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Paul Cairney looks at what the Scottish election result means for the future of the union. This post originally appeared on The Converstion. It did not take long for political parties and commentators to start making confident pronouncements about what the Scottish election result means for the... Read more
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After the high drama of #Indyref and the cliffhanger-that-wasn't of #GE2015, this year's Scottish Parliament election campaign may have seemed a little modest by comparison. However, says Prof Paul Cairney, it has had its talking points.    It would be tempting to ignore the Scottish Parliament... Read more
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Much has been made of the new powers and responsibilities moving from London to Edinburgh but, asks Paul Cairney, will anyone notice a difference?   The prospect of greater taxation and spending responsibility for the Scottish Government allows us to revisit the idea that further Scottish... Read more
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The Scottish Government just launched a National Conversation on how the new powers contained in the Scotland Bill 2015 should be used. Paul Cairney suggests that there are two ways of looking at the exercise.    This week, the Scottish Government launched a new national discussion. Unlike in 2007... Read more
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Constitutional discussions frequently obscure wider policy debates in Scotland, says Paul Cairney. His current research demonstrates that, as well as being obscured by constitutional clashes, issues of inequality are frequently treated with flashy quick fixes at the expense of long-term results... Read more
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