The independence referendum, the contested constitution, and the authorship of constitutional change

Aileen McHarg

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The independence referendum is an important 'constitutional moment' for Scotland and the UK, not only because it may usher in a new era, but also because it has the power to shape our understanding of the contemporary constitution. Focusing on the referendum as a constitutional process, this article explores its implications for contested questions about the role of the people as the authors of constitutional change and about the location of constituent power within the British constitution. It also considers questions of constitutional process after the referendum.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScotland 2014 and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationComing of Age and Loss of Innocence?
EditorsKlaus Peter Muller
Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameScottish Studies International


  • independence referendum
  • Scottish constitution
  • constitutional change

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