Malcolm Harvey

Governance, Centre on Constitutional Change
University of Aberdeen
Lecturer in Politics


Malcolm graduated from the University of Stirling in 2006 with a first-class Honours degree in Politics, and received his MScEcon in Terrorism and International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2008.  His PhD, submitted to the University of Stirling in 2013, considered the constitutional consultations run by the Scottish and Welsh Governments during the 2007-11 Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly terms.  He has taught modules on British Politics and Political Theory at both the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde.  He worked with Professor Michael Keating on several ESRC projects in the run up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and the 2016 EU referendum, including as part of the team at the Centre on Constitutional Change.  He is now a lecturer in politics at the University of Aberdeen.

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The Scottish Party System at 20

In his contribution to devolution at twenty, Malcolm Harvey reflects on the changing Scottish party system.

Options for Holyrood's MOT

The Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer has suggested that Holyrood's committee system is in need of review. Malcolm Harvey considers the options.
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Who has the Aces in Brexit Poker Game?

The cards are still being dealt in the diplomatic poker game that is the Brexit negotiations but, asks Malcolm Harvey, how strong is the SNP's hand?
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Brexit Reflections - Who is the captain of the ship now?

Malcolm Harvey discusses issues around a referendum that was supposed to resolve the UK’s position in Europe but appears to have muddied it further.

The EU referendum is about more than the EU

Malcolm Harvey discusses ramifications of the vote for relationships between the component nations of the UK.

Rejected, yet elected?

The electoral system for the Scottish Parliament means that candidates rejected by voters in the constituency section may still find themselves in Holyrood, courtesy of the regional lists. Malcolm Harvey suggests that those very parliamentarians may be called on to address this quirk in the system in the next session.