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It is a peculiar feature of devolution in the United Kingdom that each nation is treated differently, with its own settlement geared to local political demands.
 
Foreign observers look with puzzlement, seeing it as British pragmatism taken to extremes.
 
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Latest Institute for Government Report - Westminster in an age of minorities

The UK once had a highly majoritarian political system, with power alternating between two dominant parties. This has now changed. The vote share of the two large parties has declined dramatically – 35% is now regarded as a winning rather than a losing vote share. This makes single-party majorities less likely (though not impossible) to achieve as greater space is created for smaller parties to establish themselves in the House of Commons.

Scottish Referendum Study in the media

The most recent findings of the Scottish Referendum Study were published on Friday. The team, which includes academics from the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Essex, has been focussing on who voted which way and why they did so.

House of Lords Constitution Committee’s report - Proposals for the devolution of further powers to Scotland

The publication last week of the House of Lords Constitution Committee’s report into the Proposals for the devolution of further powers to Scotland was widely reported in the media. However, you could be forgiven for having missed the role of academics in helping the committee reached its conclusion unless you read the report in full.

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  • 17th September 2018

    The upcoming New Caledonian independence referendum on the 4th of November 2018 is the outcome of a 30 years-long process of gradual decolonisation. Dr Alexandra Remond examines the prospects.

  • 14th September 2018

    For Ireland, the Brexit discussion has focused heavily on the Irish issue. This has meant an unrelenting emphasis on securing a Brexit deal which ensures no border on the island of Ireland, and achieving a backstop provision which guarantees this scenario. The expectation is that this will be achieved in the context of the Withdrawal Agreement, and before the transition phase begins. Dr Mary C Murphy looks at what the Brexit transition period means for Ireland, North and South.

  • 13th September 2018

    In her third blog on international trade issues and Brexit, Dr Kristen Hopewell looks at the high-tech US-Canada border amid claims that it offers a template to ensure a "frictionless" border in Ireland.

  • 7th September 2018

    In the second of her blogs focusing on international trade issues, Dr Kristen Hopewell looks at some of the difficulties that the UK might face as it seeks to negotiate new bilateral agreements

  • 6th September 2018

    With little more than six months to go before the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019, the position of Scotland vis-à-vis the EU is not much clearer than it was in the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum more than two years ago. Dr Tobias Lock looks at what has Brexit meant for Scotland so far and what developments can we expect?

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