James Michell

James Mitchell

Professor of Public Policy
University of Edinburgh
Professor of Public Policy


James Mitchell holds the Chair in Public Policy at Edinburgh University having previously been Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University and of Public Policy at Sheffield University.  He is the author of a dozen books on government, politics and public policy and over 50 articles in academically refereed journals.  His most recent book, The Scottish Question (Oxford University Press, 2014) puts the current constitutional debate into a wider historical and broader social and economic context.  He co-directs Edinburgh University’s Academy of Government and the ESRC/Scottish Government-funded What Works Scotland network, the latter building on the work of the Christie Commission on the Delivery of Public Services of which he was a member.


Recent books:

The Scottish Question (Oxford University Press June 2014)


More Scottish Than British (Palgrave Macmillan February 2014) co-authored with C. Carman and R. Johns


After Independence (Luath Press 2013) Co-edited with Gerry Hassan


RT @asenevents: CALL FOR PAPERS ASEN Annual Conference 'Nationalism and Multiculturalism' 22-23 April at @EdinburghUni Abstract Submis…

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This week marks 5 years since #indyref. What has changed? What remains the same? @McEwen_Nicola @MalcH @EveVHepburn… https://t.co/I0P6tkLNJ9

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Thoughts from @ailsa_henderson on the implications of David Cameron's 19 September 2014 speech. https://t.co/U7EHBSqYNQ

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SNP numbers at Westminster

Nicola’s Army

James Mitchell looks forward to the SNP Conference which is likely to be remembered most for its timing: the postponement of the Prime Minister’s decision to invoke Article 50 formally starting the process of Brexit and the First Minister’s decision on the timing of Indyref2.
Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon’s Lonely Decision

James Mitchell discusses how Nicola Sturgeon’s decision on the timing of the independence referendum is likely to be the most important of her leadership.

The future of the Scottish Tories: more than theatricals…

James Mitchell discusses how the tables appear to have turned and Tories in London are looking to Scotland and Ruth Davidson for inspiration.
SNP numbers at Westminster

The SNP Depute leadership contest

The public could be excused for being unaware that the SNP is currently electing a new depute leader. James Mitchell looks at the candidates.
Brexit Reflections

BREXIT and local government

In a piece originally published by the Local Govt Information Unit, James Mitchell reflects on the implications of Brexit for local government.

What will Nicola Sturgeon be hoping for on June 23rd?

James Mitchell discusses speculation on the implications of the EU referendum for the unity of the UK.