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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.
October podcast

In our latest episode, experts discuss Scotland's role on the international stage during COP26

As world leaders descend on Glasgow for COP26, we explore how much scope there is for the Scottish Government, as a devolved government, to have a presence on the international stage.
Budget 2021

The dilemma of devolution – more powers but potentially worse off

Richard Parry discusses the latest move on Scottish funding policy that highlights the choices inherent in taking on, and paying for, wider devolved responsibilities.
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The Northern Ireland Protocol: make up or break down?

The Northern Ireland Protocol is not yet two years old but will be subject again in the coming weeks to intensive make or break negotiations – Professor Philip Rycroft explores the latest developments.
Red telephone boxes

Will ‘British values’ keep us together?

Neither unionism nor nationalism is going to go away any time soon and they will have to learn to co-exist, largely sharing social and economic values but differing on the form of the state.
Supreme Court

The Supreme Court seeks clear devolution law that may not be there

Richard Parry discusses the judgment on incorporating the rights of the child into Scots law and what this may mean for future devolution cases.
Doorway with polling station sign

Sovereignty referendums: Common legal and political issues.

In this blog post, Ilker Gokhan Sen - visiting researcher at the University of Bergen Faculty of Law and an alumnus of the 2021 Centre on Constitutional Change Summer School - examines the common legal and political issues around sovereignty referendums.
Football

Sovereignty and non-state territories in international football

Who gets to play? And under what name? Ramesh Ganohariti, a PhD researcher in Dublin City University and participant in the Centre on Constitutional Change summer school, reflects on why FIFA recognises some countries without independent statehood but excludes others
Scottish Parliament building

Scotland’s Green Party and National Party: a new agreement

Why have a cooperation agreement between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party? Three reasons come to mind, from Professor Nicola McEwen. Written for UK in a Changing Europe.