Nicola McEwen

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University of Edinburgh
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Nicola McEwen is a Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh, and Associate Director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC). She was appointed ESRC Senior Scotland Fellow, exploring Scotland’s external and intergovernmental relations in the event of independence. This external dimension to the future of Scotland remains the focus of her research within the SCCC. A political scientist at Edinburgh since 2001, Nicola specialises in research on devolution, territorial politics and multi-level governance. Within these broad fields, her research has examined: nationalism and territorial politics; intergovernmental relations; public policy (especially social welfare and energy policy); parties and elections; and voting behaviour.

Her focus is primarily on Scotland, but often also addresses developments in similar ‘sub-state nations’, including Quebec, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Flanders. Nicola is also Associate Director of Research at Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science, and Managing Editor of the journal, Regional and Federal Studies, the leading European journal in the field of territorial politics.

She is a frequent contributor to radio, television and print news outlets, offering commentary on elections, government and policy, and the Scottish constitutional debate. Recent publications can be found at:

http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/research/mcewen_nicola

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Associate Director, Centre on Constitutional Change

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Theresa May has repeatedly declared her commitment to involving the devolved governments in the Brexit process. In this post, Nicola McEwen discusses the likely dynamics of Brexit negotiations between the UK’s four governments. She argues that if the intergovernmental process fails to give a meaning... Read more
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The vote to leave the European Union has ignited the debate about the future of the United Kingdom. Could Scotland be on the verge of independence? Nicola McEwen investigates.This article appeared originally in the September 2016 edition of Political Insight. For some time now, it has been difficult... Read more
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Last Thursday’s referendum may have answered one question, but it has spawned many more. How does the UK leave the EU? When do we leave? What does leave mean? And what does it all mean for Scotland? In theory, the ‘how’, at least, is clear. The process is set out in Article 50 of the Treaty on Europ... Read more
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Brexit may open a new constituency of support for Scottish independence but, says Nicola McEwen, the implications of the change for independence are about far more than political arithmetic.   In September 2014, Scots voted by a clear majority to remain within the United Kingdom. Less than two years... Read more
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The Prime Minister has claimed that the Scotland Bill, once enacted, will deliver one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world. Is he right? It depends upon what we mean by "devolved". And it depends upon what we mean by "powerful". Devolution refers to the decentralisation of power fr... Read more
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The proposals within the Scotland Bill - as well as the associated fiscal framework currently being worked out by the UK and Scottish Governments - represent big changes to Scotland’s political system, says Nicola McEwen. However, has enough room been left for the public at the negotiating table?   ... Read more
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The influence of the SNP at Westminster is yet to be truly measured, says Nicola McEwen, but the Scotland Bill may demonstrate that real change is achieved behind the scenes.    It was 27 years ago when the Jim Sillars, flush from winning the Govan by-election for the SNP, taunted Scottish Labour MP... Read more
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As the House of Commons prepares to debate the welfare clauses in the Scotland Bill, Professor Nicola McEwen reflects on some of the challenges and opportunities the new welfare powers may present.   The Scotland Bill, once implemented, will represent a marked increase in the Scottish Parliament’s r... Read more
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Whereas Scottish Parliamentary elections give a platform to Scotland-centred issues, Westminster General Elections in Scotland are usually very British affairs. Especially since devolution in 1999, UK elections have been dominated by the contest for Prime Minister and the party of British government... Read more
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There is more to devolution than powers being controlled by the sub-state parliaments, says Nicola McEwen. Effective processes for collective decision making at the level of the state should also be considered.This post is co-published with Holyrood Magazine.   Evaluating claims that Scotland will h... Read more
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