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New Blog series – Call for contributions

New blog series with a focus on territorial politics and constitutional debates in the run-up to the next UK general election
The same, but different

The same, but different? A return to power-sharing in Northern Ireland

It’s hard not to question where and when challenges might arise that could trigger the next political crisis in Northern Ireland when the process of stop-start politics has become a perverse norm of governance here. Has anything changed this time around, and what does it mean for the future of power-sharing?
Territorial inequalities under devolution

Territorial inequalities under devolution: do Scottish and Welsh residents perceive a gap between capital cities and their local communities?

CCC Blog Posts - SelfDetermination

What Russia’s war Against Ukraine means for Self-Determination Claims Around the World

The causes and consequences of Russia’s war on Ukraine have been discussed extensively during the past two years and will likely keep international analysts busy for some time to come. There is a justified concern for the future of the liberal world order and the rules established in 1945.
Federalism and Regime Change

Federalism and Regime Change

Most of the world’s federations have been governed by non-democratic regimes for long periods of time and have experienced several transitions between authoritarianism and democracy and vice versa. What impact has regime change had on their federal system, in particular on the distribution of powers between the federal government and the constituent units, which we can refer to as de/centralisation?
Scottish Bonds

What Kilts Might Reveal: A Discussion of Scottish Government Bonds Part 2

Humza Yousaf has claimed that a Scottish bond issue would ‘demonstrate the credibility to international markets that we will need when we become an independent country’. This is questionable for several reasons.
Scottish Bonds

What Kilts Might Reveal: A Discussion of Scottish Government Bonds

Read the first of Iain Hardie’s two-part analysis on the Scottish Bond Issue.
The shadow of Khalistan

The shadow of Khalistan

The assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian Sikh leader, by alleged agents of the Indian state outside a Surrey Gurdwara in British Columbia in June 2023 has caused a major diplomatic incident between India and Canada.
Politics of Self-determination

Event - The Politics of Self-Determination - 4 October 2023

Yves-François Blanchet holds a degree in anthropology and history from the University of Montreal. He entered politics in 1987, joining the Parti Québécois under the leadership of Jacques Parizeau. Blanchet was first elected to the Quebec National Assembly in 2008, becoming Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks in 2012.