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Charlie Jeffery, Ailsa Henderson, Roger Scully, Daniel Wincott and Richard Wyn Jones discuss the referendum on the UK’s EU membership.

Charlie Jeffery and Ailsa Henderson (University of Edinburgh). Roger Scully, Daniel Wincott and Richard Wyn Jones (Cardiff University)

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The UK is accustomed to finding out who has won an election in fairly short order - an exhausted party leader appears on TV in the dead of night to say that they have spoken to their opposite number and one or other has conceded that they cannot form a government. Things were rather different in 2010 and look set to be still more unusual this time. Professor Robert Hazel of UCL's Constitution Unit, who advised on the formation of the last government, explains how the process will work.

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The Scottish Referendum Study (SRS) is the largest and most detailed study into the results of last year's vote on independence. The investigation is being conducted by Professor Ailsa Henderson, Professor James Mitchell, Professor Christopher Carman and Dr Rob Johns. 

The SRS is based on three waves of fieldwork, capturing the views of voters immediately before and after the vote and, the wave currently in the field, six months later. 

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Polls indicate that the general election will see a fundamental rewriting of the Scottish political landscape, with the SNP poised for a near sweep. The party also seems poised to take over from Labour as leaders on the issue of women’s representation in this election at least, although it is far from clear whether that will translate into support for quotas in the future, write Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay.

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The engagement of young people with politics during the referendum has had some dramatic results from increased party membership to a reduction in the voting age. Alan Mackie and Jim Crowther of the Institute of Education at The University of Edinburgh, find out how it happened and consider whether it will last.
 
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As Scotland and the UK come to terms with the events of the night of 18 September, the focus of this site will adapt to the new questions posed by the constitutional chain reaction sparked by the referendum. In addition to publishing research on Scottish devolution in the wake of the Smith Commission, we’ll introduce new voices, from academia and beyond, and consider new issues as England, Wales and Northern Ireland review their own constitutional settlements.

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The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Fellows to work in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies on a project entitled "Engineering life: ideas, practices and promises" (http://www.stis.ed.ac.uk/research/research_projects/current_projects/engineering_life) funded... Read more
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Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory at Edinburgh Law School and Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law, has been appointed Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. In light of the Smith Commission recommendations of greater powers for... Read more
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The House of Lords Constitution Committee will take evidence from leading constitutional academics Professor Alan Trench, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Professor Nicola McEwen and Professor Alan Page. This session forms part of the Committee's new inquiry, which follows the publication of the Smith... Read more
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Research shows that English voters prefer the option of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), widely believed to be the frontrunner in the government’s consideration of the West Lothian Question. Forty percent1 of English voters opted for giving English MPs an exclusive say at Westminster over legi... Read more
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As Scotland and the UK come to terms with the events of the night of 18 September, the focus of this site will adapt to the new questions posed by the constitutional chain reaction sparked by the referendum. In addition to publishing research on Scottish devolution in the wake of the Smith Commissio... Read more
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The Scottish referendum in 2014 will ask people one question - whether they think Scotland should be an independent country. Yet many surveys and polls suggest that another option – significantlyextending the powers of the Scottish Parliament – might be better able than independence to attract suppo... Read more
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