What We're Reading #2

In this fortnightly feature, Coree Brown rounds up the latest blogs from academics and commentators.

The Guardian's DataBlog analyses the results of the 2011 Census which showed that 62% of those surveyed defined themselves as 'Scottish-only' in contrast to the 18% who characterised themselves as both Scottish and British. John Curtice at What Scotland Thinks weighs in on the results, discussing the limitations of the data and noting that the Scottish results largely mirror those in England. For the full results of the census, please visit NRS Scotland.

Writing at The Conversaton, Professor Paul Cairney asserts that an independent Scotland might seek inspiration from its Nordic neighbours, particularly Sweden. The author discusses the Swedish tradition of cross-party negotiation, something anathema to a Westminster-style system, but sees potential in commissions of inquiry and belief in universalism and the welfare state.

In a post at Democratic Audit, Dr Joanie Willet addresses the debate around an English Parliament, arguing that the conversation must include local government, particularly Cornwall, as 'an English tier is an insufficient measure given persistent regional inequality'.

At Devolution Matters, Alan Trench discusses an improvement in 'devolution literacy' at the party conferences but notes that the practical realities of decentralisation may challenge the policies put forth.

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University of Edinburgh
3rd October 2013

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