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Is liberalism really compatible with nationalism? Are there limits to linguistic nation-building policies? What arguments justify the imposition of national languages? This book addresses these questions by examining the linguistic disputes in Catalonia and Flanders, two major cases of sub-state nationalism. The book connects two strands of arguments: the political arguments around contested linguistic policies, drawing on a rich set of primary and secondary sources, and the theoretical arguments around liberalism and nationalism.
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The 2020 Climate and Energy Package saw the EU become an increasingly important actor in climate and energy policy.  It set the legal and regulatory framework within which governments at every level across the 28 member states have developed their own policies. The EU has promoted and financed low carbon transition, including by setting binding targets for renewables and GHG emissions reductions, and targets for greater energy efficiency.
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Fellows of the Centre on Constitutional Change respond to the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons and the impending no-confidence vote in the government.

Professor Nicola McEwen, Co-Director of the Centre, said of the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement:

“The government’s defeat in the Commons may have been of epic proportions, but the MPs who voted against it did so for very different reasons. That makes finding an alternative way forward extraordinarily difficult.

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From UK in a Changing Europe
 
Our first monthly survey shows significant uncertainty about Brexit. However, some key themes emerge:
 
Our panel put the prospect of no deal at around 50%.
 
The UK is highly likely to leave on 29 March 2019
 
A second referendum is seen as highly unlikely.
 
The October EU Council deadline is unlikely to be met.
 
The transition period will need to be extended beyond December 2020.
 
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Is liberalism really compatible with nationalism? Are there limits to linguistic nation-building policies? What arguments justify the imposition of national languages? This book addresses these questions by examining the linguistic disputes in Catalonia and Flanders, two major cases of sub-state nat... Read more
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Is liberalism really compatible with nationalism? Are there limits to linguistic nation-building policies? What arguments justify the imposition of national languages? This book addresses these questions by examining the linguistic disputes in Catalonia and Flanders, two major cases of sub-state nat... Read more
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The UK Government’s immigration plans could reduce the number of workers in Scotland by up to five per cent over the next two decades, an expert panel has warned.  That is in contrast to the rest of the UK, where the working age population will grow even as UK policy changes cut the number of migran... Read more
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How to conceptualise energy law and policy for an interdisciplinary audience: the case of post-Brexit UK by Paul Cairney, Nicola McEwen, Aileen McHarg and Karen Turner.    Interdisciplinary energy research is essential. It advances our understanding of potential transitions from high to low carbon e... Read more
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The 2020 Climate and Energy Package saw the EU become an increasingly important actor in climate and energy policy.  It set the legal and regulatory framework within which governments at every level across the 28 member states have developed their own policies. The EU has promoted and financed low c... Read more
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After three years of work, the International Panel on Social Progress has published a  three-volume report by on key challenges to society in the twentieth century. Volume 2 includes a section of The Paradoxes of Democracy and the Rule of Law coordinated by Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Supe... Read more
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  The United Kingdom’s Evolving Constitution   Michael Keating   La Evolución de le los modelos territoriales: Reformulación versus ruptura.           La teoria general de los derechos fundamentales en sus nuevos territorios y ensamblajes                      Edited: Paloma Requejo Rodríguez  
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Brexit and the Nations   Michael Keating First published: 27 November 2018 https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12619   Brexit is presented as a move to restore British sovereignty. Initially this meant parliamentary sovereignty but the referendum may have replaced this with sovereignty of the British... Read more
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Professor Nicola McEwen and Dr Alexandra Remond examine how, in the longer term, Brexit poses significant risks for the climate and energy ambitions of the devolved nations. These include the loss of European Structural and Investment Funds targeted at climate and low carbon energy policies, from wh... Read more
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  Changing Borders in Europe Exploring the Dynamics of Integration, Differentiation and Self-Determination in the European Union, 1st Edition Edited by Jacint Jordana, Michael Keating, Axel Marx, Jan Wouters This new book is the fruit of a collaboration between the Centre on Constitutional Change, B... Read more
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