What We're Reading: 23 January 2014

Coree Brown rounds up the latest blogs on the Scottish independence debate. This week's summary includes features on implications of independence for Scotland and the UK, reflections on Europe and 
Writing at Politics in Spires, Jim Gallagher reflects on the effects of independence, arguing that should Scottish voters opt for independence, the implications for both Scotland and the rest of the UK would be profound. At the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum, Nick Barber also looks ahead to 19 September 2014,  examining the negotiations required in event of a yes vote. 
At the Washington Post's Monkey Cage, Cas Muddle discusses the European elections to be held in May 2014, noting that the narrative has largely been defined by perceptions of a populist backlash. He offers an alternative opinion, arguing that the real impact will be felt in London and Edinburgh as the Coalition struggles to reconcile its pro- and Euroskeptic partners and Scotland runs up to a referendum on independence. Tim Oliver at the E Sharp blog also reflects on the relationship between the EU and Britain, in this case considering the relationship between the European Commission and the British government and the possible challenges posed by both growing Euroskepticism and the referendum. 
Looking beyond Brussels, Josep Colomer writes on his personal blog about movements in Scotland and Catalonia, contrasting the emphasis on partnership with the often more fractious exchanges occuring bertween Catalan and Spanish governments. At Open Democracy, Ann Henning Jocelyn asks what the Scottish case for independence might learn from the Irish example. She argues that the two movements share several parallels, but notes stronger ties with the British state in the Scottish than the Irish case, also noting that the world is more interlinked by intergovernmental and supranational structures than when Ireland achieved its independence. 
At LSE's Politics and Policy, Simon Toubeau and Markus Wagner discuss their work which analyses the link between a party's position on decentralisation and their idoelogy on economic and cultural matters, noting that the two areas are often intertwined. 


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University of Edinburgh
23rd January 2014
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