Archive for October, 2015

The independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized politically given the right circumstances

The independence referendum shows that young people can be mobilized politically given the right circumstances

16 and 17 year olds were entitled, for the first time in any election held in the UK, in the Scottish independence referendum. Advocates of the reform argued that it would help to engage younger people in the political process, setting the stage for greater engagement in democracy over future election cycles, while critics suggested that 16 and 17 year olds weren’t ready to discharge the responsibility that comes with voting. Here, Graeme Baxter, Elizabeth Tait, Peter McLaverty, and Iain MacLeod show that young people can be mobilized politically given the right circumstances, but that questions as to the longevity of the engagement achieved as yet to be answered.

By 28th October 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A below par performance? Donald Trump’s golf resort development and government openness and transparency in Scotland

A below par performance? Donald Trump’s golf resort development and government openness and transparency in Scotland

As Donald Trump’s US presidential candidacy campaign continues to cause controversy, Graeme Baxter reflects on the impact the building of ‘the greatest golf course anywhere in the world’ has had on the openness and transparency of Scottish public authorities.

By 23rd October 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The ‘RISE’ of the Scottish left is challenging the SNP’s hegemony in Scotland

The ‘RISE’ of the Scottish left is challenging the SNP’s hegemony in Scotland

The SNP under Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership are sweeping all before them, and are on course to win comfortably at the Scottish Parliament elections, held next May. Jenny Morrison looks at the post-referendum increase in left-wing activity, placing it in the context of the independence movement and the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

By 19th October 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Has the tide turned for women’s representation in Scotland?

Has the tide turned for women’s representation in Scotland?

Scotland has a female First Minister, who competes in Holyrood with a female Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, as well as a female leader of the Scottish Conservatives. While this should be welcomed, we should not assume that the problem of women’s under representation is solved for good, and instead look at what statutory measures could do to achieve lasting positive change, argue Meryl Kenny, Fiona MacKay, and Cera Murtagh.

By 14th October 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How effectively does the Scottish Parliament scrutinise the Scottish government?

How effectively does the Scottish Parliament scrutinise the Scottish government?

Scotland’s Parliament was set up with the partial intention of creating for Scotland a superior system of Government than was enjoyed at the UK level. But how effectively does is scrutinise its executive? In advance of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, which the SNP are expected to dominate, Peter Lynch looks at some of the problems associated with the size of the Parliament, and the way its committee system interacts with the rest of the legislature, and the Scottish government.

By 12th October 2015 0 Comments Read More →