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Royal Commission Redux

Nick Pearce, Director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath, evaluates the idea of a Royal Commission on the Constitution, but the UK has been here before - are there lessons to be learned from the Kilbrandon Commission?
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Holding Scottish Parliament Elections During the Pandemic: What to Expect?

There has been much debate over whether the Scottish Parliament elections should be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Alistair Clark (Newcastle University) argues that, for the most part, elections throughout the world have continued during the pandemic and parties can continue to campaign. So, what can expect from this election?
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CCC Online Teaching Resources

We realise that digital resources are more important than ever as schooling goes back online. Here at CCC, we have an extensive range of digital resources that could be used by teachers and learners of Modern Studies, Politics and Citizenship Studies at National 5, GCSE, Higher, A-Level and Advance Higher. Take a look at what we have to offer!
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Not getting Brexit done - yet

CCC's Michael Keating gives his take on the Brexit deal, arguing that Brexit will continue to be on the agenda for a while yet.
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Constitutional Debates: Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot

Join us to discuss John Lloyd's book 'Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot' and whether Scotland could economically prosper as an independent country. With John Lloyd, Andrew Wilson and Kezia Dugdale as chair.
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Remembering Craig McAngus

Today we had to say goodbye to our Associated Fellow, colleague and friend, Craig McAngus. Craig was laid to rest after his tragic death on 16th December. He was 34 years old. Our hearts are broken.
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Devo-max or Deja-vu max?

Following Labour leader Keir Starmer’s speech on devolution, Graeme Roy and Stuart McIntyre of the Fraser of Allander Institute suggest that, without a massive u-turn in economic philosophy, the promised ‘radical reform to economic and political devolution’ is unlikely to produce proposals for meaningful change.
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Response to Keir Starmer's speech on devolution

Keir Starmer set out Labour's devolution plans ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May, promising to decentralise powers from Westminster and set up "a UK-wide Constitutional Commission to consider how power, wealth and opportunity can be devolved". Our Fellows had some comments on the speech.
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Time stands still for Brexit but not Covid

As an epic year for global public policy reaches its end, Richard Parry discusses the way that the pandemic has impacted other aspects of the political cycle.