What we're reading #1

Coree Brown presents a round up of the latest external blogs of interest.

The University of Saint Andrews' Francesca Lacaita offers a view from abroad at the Social Europe Journal. Dr Lacaita notes that the Scottish referendum debate is a matter of concern for those outwith Scotland, and indeed the UK, as issues of democracy, representative government, and the maintenance of economic and social systems ‘constitute[s] the crux of questions that have to be dealt with at the European level if we are to relaunch the European federalist project on a sounder basis and give democracy in Europe a new lease of life’.

At Devolution Matters, Alan Trench discusses the recent flurry of referendum activity, with polls taking place on powers for Wales and the Alternative Vote System as well as the upcoming referendum in Scotland and a proposed vote on continued EU membership, drawing parallels between the two. He notes that the previous referendum were on largely technical issues while the upcoming contests ‘raise first-order constitutional questions’ and are triggering debates which are ‘largely based on conjecture about what the outcome might be, rather than realistic understandings of what can happen’.

Writing at the Economics of Constitutional Change, David Bell, David Comerford and David Eiser address the role of social justice and inequality play in Scotland’s constitutional future. They examine the policy levers that an independent Scotland would possess and calculate the impact of the use of these mechanisms on household incomes.

At What Scotland Thinks, John Curtice reflects on the role that ‘Devo-Maxers’ could play in the results of the referendum. Those in favour of Devo Max options could influence the referendum results, swinging towards yes or no depending on their understanding of whether a no vote would result in further powers accorded to the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking at the Wales Governance Centre, Carwyn Jones, First Minister for Wales, addresses implication of the Scottish referendum for Wales’ constitutional futures. In the speech published at Click on Wales, Mr Jones argues for a reformed union.

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University of Edinburgh
20th September 2013
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