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The controversy over language in Catalan schools heats up

In this blog post, Jordi Argelaguet - Senior lecturer in Political Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona - examines the recent controversy over language use in schools in Catalonia.
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The territorial dimension of Kazakhstan’s protests

Kazakhstan’s nationwide protests have important territorial aspects regarding their origin, scale, presence of violence, and people’s demands.
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Worth the wait? Reforming Intergovernmental Relations

Professor Nicola McEwen examines the long-awaited conclusions to the Joint Review of Intergovernmental Relations. She suggests that the reforms, on paper, could mark a step-change in IGR, but cautions that, effective IGR requires not just a change of machinery and process, but a cultural change too. 
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Is colonialism over? Six decades after the “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples”

Ilker Gokhan Sen writes on colonialism - following the 61st anniversary of the “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples” - examining a number of territories and their administering states in detail, including Guam, Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
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The Union Connectivity Review and Unionism

Dan Wincott, Cardiff University and CCC Fellow, examines Sir Peter Hendry's Union Connectivity Review and what it reveals about the Union, covering the ‘Boris Bridge’, connectivity in Wales, and inconsistencies in the Review.
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Constitutional History and the Making of the Modern World

Harshan Kumarasingham, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, writes about constitutional history, and the new book by Linda Colley, The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World.
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What’s happening in Wales, and what does it mean for Ireland-Wales relations?

Jonathan Evershed looks at the important foundations on which to build a stronger Ireland-Wales relationship.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina’s constitutional crisis: Is this time different?

As the situation in Bosnia escalates, Dr Maja Sahadžić, University of Antwerp, gives her take on the long-running constitutional crisis in the region.
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Multilevel Politics, Climate and COP26

Elizabeth Bomberg reports back from COP26, stressing that the underlying message is worth repeating: substate actors are absolutely core to addressing climate change. All levels of governance – whether cooperating or competing - are needed to increase ambition and deliver the change needed.