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Alex Salmond sets date for Scottish independence white paper

Navigating Intelligently, through Upturned Boats

Colin Atkinson reports on the ESRC Seminar Series 'Assessing security governance in the UK and Scotland under current arrangements'.

Making sense of the polls

Professor John Curtice shares his thoughts on what we can take from the polls, noting that the differences between polls conducted by various companies makes the outcome far from easy to predict.

Purposeful Opportunists: Our Islands, Our Future

In this piece, James Mitchell explores the means in which Scotland's Island Councils have acted as purposeful opportunists over the course of the referendum debate.

What we're reading #3

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.

Why Scotland is more than capable of defending itself

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.

Linda Colley on Englishness

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.

Welfare challenges and constitutional reform

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.

Scottish Government Call for Evidence