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Scottish Parliament election reaction

What happened? Where do we go from here?

Kirstein Rummery discusses how this Scottish Parliament will be the most gender diverse in its history. A historic 45% of MSPs are now women, making it the 13th most gender equal Parliament in the world.
Scottish Parliament election reaction

What happened? Where do we go from here?

Over the coming weeks, academics will respond to the 2021 election results. Today, Richard Parry reflects on the 2021 Holyrood election and what it might mean for the future.
Scottish Independence rally

Why Scotland’s election result is unlikely to hasten a referendum

In a recent article for The Guardian, Michael Keating discusses the split on independence in Scotland, and how a lengthy constitutional stalemate seems likely.
Ballot Box

The Scottish Parliamentary Elections and the “Second Referendum” Debate

Following the Scottish Parliamentary Elections, Stephen Tierney notes that the political landscape remains both uncertain and challenging and may well remain fraught for a long time to come.
Scottish Parliament

Does a majority of seats from pro-independence parties in the Scottish Parliament provide a mandate for a second independence referendum?

Most sides like to claim that they have the people on their side…that they have a mandate for action…Following the 2019 General Election in which the Conservatives won 56% of the seats (365/650), Boris Johnson claimed he had a mandate to get Brexit done. Also following that election, the SNP won 81% of the Scottish seats (48/59) and so Nicola Sturgeon claimed to have a mandate for the Scottish Parliament to be given the right to decide upon a second independence referendum.
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Long Read: Community, church and culture in boundary-making: the legacies of partition in the two parts of Ireland.

In a talk prepared for the BBC at Queen’s University Belfast, Jennifer Todd reflects on the legacies of partition one hundred years on.
National Welsh Assembly, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

The constitutional prospects of the sixth Senedd

The sixth devolved election in Wales is novel in a variety of ways. It is the first Welsh election in which 16-17-year-olds will participate, yet one taking place amid a global pandemic and ongoing public health measures.
Global View

Party Manifesto Support for a Scottish Council on Global Affairs

Professor Juliet Kaarbo, Professor Peter Jackson and Professor Phillips O’Brien discuss the potential of a Scottish Council on Global Affairs:- what it is, what it would do and the level of cross-party support for the initiative.
Scottish Parliament

Breaking the Mould? Small parties in the 2021 Scottish parliament elections

Alistair Clark explores the relevance of small parties in the upcoming election, arguing that while small parties tend to have fluctuating fortunes, they have become a permanent presence in Scottish politics. For more on small parties, see Alistair's contribution to our recent ebook.