Scotland 'One Year On': the Legacy of the Independence Referendum

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Abstract

This paper analyses the aftermath of the referendum, identifies the features of the referendum that contributed to that aftermath, and considers what the implications might be for Scotland’s political and constitutional future. It focuses on three issues. First, what should we make of the post-referendum proposals for more devolution? Do they seem any more likely than any of their predecessors to provide Scotland with a stable constitutional settlement? Second, what are the implications of the SNP’s electoral success? Has it ensured that sooner than later Scotland will be going to the polls once again to decide whether it should be an independent country? Finally, what should we make of attempts to change the voting rights of Scottish MPs? Is it a sign of growing tension between Scotland and England over what their relationship should be?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Strathclyde
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Scottish independence referendum
  • Scotland
  • Scottish devolution
  • Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • 'English votes on English laws'
  • Smith Commission

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