21 09, 2021

Levelling Up … Public Spending?

By |2021-09-21T12:13:33+00:00September 21st, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , |

by Prof. Colin Talbot, Emeritus Professor of Government at the University of Manchester, and Dr. Carole Talbot, Research Associate, University of Cambridge   ‘Levelling Up’ is back in the headlines with the move of Michael Gove to what has now become the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. One [...]

17 09, 2021

Haste Ye Back

By |2021-09-17T11:49:23+00:00September 17th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Europe, Scotland, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

This article was first published by the European Movement Scotland I had a dream of Europe. Brexit wrecked it. Boris Johnson and his ultra-nationalist cabal of English exceptionalists stole my dream and snuffed it out. From the age of 14, when I first went to Pierrefitte, then a village to [...]

2 09, 2021

Democratic federalism: are we there yet?

By |2021-09-02T14:37:09+00:00September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Blog, Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , |

This article was first published by The UK in a Changing Europe.   If there is one plus to the Covid-19 pandemic it is that many more people in the UK are aware we no longer live in a state with a single government in London. The regular TV appearances [...]

12 08, 2021

Making Public Value Management a guiding idea will be difficult within the UK’s dysfunctional hybrid governance system

By |2021-08-12T14:59:07+00:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This article was first published by the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog In a recent blog, Arno van der Zwet and John Connolly make a persuasive case for ‘doing government better’ by embracing ‘public value management’ (PVM). Of course, PVM is not exactly new. I wrote about ‘public value’ as [...]

28 05, 2021

Sovereign Conquest?

By |2021-05-28T11:17:08+00:00May 28th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Coronavirus, Devolution, Federalism, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“Take back control” was one of the main battle-cries of Brexit. Underpinning it was the notion that the UK had ceded its sovereignty to the EU and was no-longer an ‘independent’ country. We will leave aside the issue of whether or not Brexit really represents a return of sovereignty to [...]

20 05, 2021

Elections to the Scottish Parliament on 6 May: Results and what they mean for the UK

By |2021-05-20T13:30:10+00:00May 20th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , |

by Colin A. Munro Colin A. Munro  is a former British diplomat. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1969 and held numerous positions during his career, in Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Zagreb, and served as the Private Secretary to the Minister of State responsible for Central and Eastern Europe. [...]

13 05, 2021

Video: “Brexit – The Elephant in the Room of UK Politics”

By |2021-05-21T11:50:24+00:00May 13th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this video, our Chairman John Stevens and Director Brendan Donnelly discuss the recent round of elections in the UK. They predict that British political parties will find it difficult to continue ignoring Brexit in their campaigning as Covid-19 retreats and the economic damage of Brexit mounts:   Subscribe to our YouTube channel   [...]

11 05, 2021

Scotland’s Elections and the Fragmenting UK: Where Next?

By |2021-05-11T14:48:04+00:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Scotland, UK Constitution, UK Devolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Scotland, there is a real sense of its politics and the constitutional debate moving into a new phase as the aftermath of the pro-independence SNP and Green parties’ success in the elections sinks in. Turnout, at 63%, was the highest it has been since the first elections to the [...]

8 05, 2021

UK Ministers have little incentive to prioritise Scotland

By |2021-05-17T12:52:50+00:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Brexit, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution, Views from the Federal Trust|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Professor Richard Rose FBA   Professor Richard Rose is founder-director of the Centre for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde; Visiting Fellow at the European Union Institute in Florence; and a Fellow at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin   This article was first published as a comment in [...]

7 05, 2021

Webinar: Federal Futures – Administration Matters?

By |2021-06-22T12:32:29+00:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: 2021, Devolution, Federalism, Scotland, UK Constitution|Tags: , , , , |

ADMINISTRATION MATTERS? 19 May 2021 At this first event of our new series of webinars on "Federal Futures?" we discussed the changing structures and issues for governments and general public administration in, and between, England, Scotland and Wales.   Speakers: ON WALES Dr Catherine Farrell, Cardiff University ON SCOTLAND Dr [...]

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