Blogs & news
In this fortnightly feature, Coree Brown rounds up the latest blogs from academics and commentators. Today's report includes contributions on identity and independence, the impact of the cabinet reshuffle, and prospects for local democracy.
Writing in the Herald, Dr Colin Fleming explores the defence capacity of an independent Scotland in light of the report issued by Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond which suggests security risks for Scotland.
In an interview with Guy Lodge, historian Linda Colley rejects the idea that British disintegration is inevitable but says a new constitutional settlement is needed to bind the nations and people of the United Kingdom together, and to help clarify its relationship with Europe. The English, she argues, would benefit from having a parliament of their own.
This year’s Policy and Politics conference in Bristol was focussed on the theme of Transforming Policy and Politics: the future of the State in the 21st Century. Kirstein Rummery, as a member of the editorial board of Policy and Politics and one of the researchers contributing to the ESRC funded programme of work on the Future of the UK and Scotland, organised a panel and shares her thoughts.
David Eiser blogs from a conference which reviewed the Scottish independence debate within the context of wider international experiences.