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In February 2019, the CCC hosted an international workshop on majority nationalism in plurinational states. Over two days, participants presented their findings from a diverse range of countries. Over the coming weeks, we will share a series of blogs with these findings. In a theoretical contribution, Brian Girvin assesses the language of majority and minority nationalism.

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In February 2019, the CCC hosted an international workshop on majority nationalism in plurinational states. Over two days, participants presented their findings from a diverse range of countries. Over the coming weeks, we will share a series of blogs with these findings. In this installment, Dr Nitasha Kaul shares her personal and academic reflections on the ongoing crisis in Kashmir.

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In February 2019, the CCC hosted an international workshop on majority nationalism in plurinational states. Over two days, participants presented their findings from a diverse range of countries. Over the coming weeks, we will share a series of blogs with these findings. Today, Jean-François Dupré explores Taiwan as a puzzle for majority nationalism.

Taiwan presents a conundrum for majority nationalism and minority rights and representation: contrary to many other societies, the ethnic majority has not imposed itself as the nation’s symbolic core.

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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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In February 2019, the CCC hosted an international workshop on majority nationalism in plurinational states. Over two days, participants presented their findings from a diverse range of countries. Over the coming weeks, we will share a series of blogs with these findings. In a theoretical contributio... Read more
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In February 2019, the CCC hosted an international workshop on majority nationalism in plurinational states. Over two days, participants presented their findings from a diverse range of countries. Over the coming weeks, we will share a series of blogs with these findings. In this installment, Dr Nita... Read more
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In February 2019, the CCC hosted an international workshop on majority nationalism in plurinational states. Over two days, participants presented their findings from a diverse range of countries. Over the coming weeks, we will share a series of blogs with these findings. Today, Jean-François Dupré e... Read more
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David McCrone is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh and co-founder of the University's  Institute of Governance in 1999.  He has written extensively on the sociology and politics of Scotland, and the comparative study of nationalism.   Here, in a major new study,  he discusses... 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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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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