Dr Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh outlines her fellowship research.
Supporters of Scottish independence have been keen to emphasize that an independent Scotland would maintain close ties to the other nations of the British Isles after independence, where governments would work together in shared institutions and some common services could still be delivered north and south of the border.
This research explores and evaluates these assumptions, and the impact such associations would have for government and governing. The research will analyse the feasibility of shared services, infrastructures and institutions, the governing arrangements necessary for co-ordinating them, and the likely power dynamics between governments after independence. A primary goal is to inform political, policy and public debates on the opportunities and constraints of Scottish independence.