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Inside Devolution 2011

27 September 2011

Scottish Government

The Institute for Government, in partnership with the UCL Constitution Unit, organised a major conference on devolution on 23 September 2011.

At this event, senior officials from the UK and devolved administrations, as well as academics and other experts discussed key issues relating to the changing context of devolution, lessons from the first decade, the difficulties of making and coordinating policy across a devolved UK, and the management of relations between the administrations.

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Scotland’s constitutional future – from both sides in the debate

Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:03 +0000

Charlie Jeffery discusses how both sides in the debate see Scotland’s constitutional future in different ways. It is striking how insular Scotland’s constitutional debate is. Both sides in the debate see Scotland’s constitutional future in different ways as bound up firmly in relationships with the rest of the UK. The Yes side envisages a form […]

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The ‘Revolving Door’ of Special Advisers?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:25 +0000

A recent article in the Telegraph was critical of a ‘revolving door’ of special advisers (spads) from the last Labour government into charities or think tanks. As outlined in the forthcoming book on spads by Ben Yong and Robert Hazell, this blog post wishes to point out that the Telegraph article tells only an incomplete story;[1] […]

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Will the Scottish referendum produce ‘a decisive and respected outcome’?

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:34 +0000

With exactly one month to go until the referendum in Scotland, Barry K Winetrobe challenges the assumption that the outcome will resolve the independence debate. He explores scenarios where even a Yes vote might not (or perhaps even should not) produce an independent state. As the Scottish independence referendum campaign reaches its final days, it […]

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