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Nicola McEwen & the Future of the UK & Scotland

PIR Academic speaks at two talks at the Centre of Constitutional Change

Professor Nicola McEwen, Professor of Territorial Politics is taking part at a number of talks at the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change, of which she is Associate Director.


The first is 'Enlightening the Constitutional Debate: Further Powers For Scotland - What Does The Draft Legislation Mean In Practice?'. In January 2015, the UK Government will publish draft legislation in response to the recommendations of Lord Smith’s Commission on further devolved powers for Scotland. This public discussion, involving experts from relevant fields, will explore the practical impacts, as well as the policy and constitutional consequences, of the proposed legislation.This will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 18:00 at:

Royal Society of Edinburgh
22-26 George Street
Book here
The second event is 'ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change @ The Copper Beech Cafe'.

The Campaign for Scottish Home Rule invites you to join them in the first of a series of consultation events discussing home rule and what it could mean for Scotland.

The events leading up to the referendum provided a space for diverse groups to come together and debate the kind of country, and the kind of politics, they want to see in the future. 

It will be looking at a series of questions based on three core principles: Responsibilities Devolved; Raising what you spend; and Mutual Respect.

Does Smith go far enough?

Which tax and spend powers do you believe should be devolved? Should a constitutional convention enshrine Holyrood, and how would such a convention be? This will take place Friday, March 6, 2015 - 18:00 to 20:30 at:

The Black Watch Castle & Museum
Hay Street
More details here.