Making social science accessible

22 Nov 2022

12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Advanced Research Centre , University of Glasgow, Chapel Lane, Glasgow G11 6EW, UK

Devolution and the Union

As we emerge from Brexit and the Covid crisis, and in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis, are the powers of the Scottish Parliament still fit for purpose? Is there a more optimal balance of powers for Scotland within the Union? Is federalism a viable option for the UK, and what would it look like? Alternatively, what would it mean for Scotland to be independent in today’s world? What would be the economic and political challenges facing Scotland were it to become an independent country?

This event will involve sessions that will take the form of academic presentations followed by facilitated group sessions that will discuss the key questions using the data provided.

With Brian Taylor in the chair, our team of academic experts will guide you through the questions as we deliberate over Scotland’s constitutional future. Contributors will include:

  • Sir John Curtice, Professor of Practice, University of Strathclyde and Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe Senior Fellow
  • Kezia Dugdale, Professor of Practice, University of Glasgow and Director, John Smith Centre
  • Iain Hardie, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh
  • Ailsa Henderson, Professor of Political Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics, University of Edinburgh and Senior Fellow, UK in Changing Europe
  • Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe
  • Stephen Noon, University of Edinburgh, and former Head of Strategy, Yes Scotland
  • Graeme Roy, Professor of Economics and Dean of External Engagement, University of Glasgow and Chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission
  • Dan Wincott, Blackwell Professor of Law and Society, Cardiff University
  • Donald Cameron MSP, Scottish Conservative Party and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs & Culture

Attendance is free, but spaces are limited and registration is required. The event will be available in person.

Please head here to sign up.

You can find a series resources from the contributors to the event below.

Iain Hardie, Scotland’s currency options

Nicola McEwen, Independence and the border

Thomas Pope, Managing the fiscal gap in an independent Scotland

Graeme Roy, Fiscal sustainability, financial risk and devolution

Daniel Wincott, Devolution after Brexit

Ailsa Henderson, Challenges to the Union

Ailsa Henderson, Challenges to the UK state (PowerPoint)

John Curtice, Public attitudes towards governing Scotland: evidence from the polls (PowerPoint)



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