I am co-authoring a second edition of ‘Scottish Politics’ with Neil McGarvey. It will appear in 2013, with a new chapter explaining Scottish Independence. The first draft of the new chapter can be found here – https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-vqUYxLrgufYVotTmZFX2haaE0/edit – or here – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ebTJQzPraoCAhfqcxYADo_7ln_lRLM8EEIhuqG1G3m8/edit . If, like me, you find Google Docs a bit slow and fiddly, you can just download the file from the site.
The independence debate can be controversial and I have tried (although it usually comes naturally) to make the chapter as dry and unexciting as possible so that no chunk of it can be used for positive or negative purposes (it will just lead to the line, ‘nutty academic says …’). However, it is bound to be biased in ways that I know about, and ways which did not occur to me. Please feel free to point those biases out in a reasonable way. I have recently become addicted to twitter, which might be the best way to comment (@CairneyPaul).
What Does Independence Mean?
Can We Compare Independence with ‘Devo Max’?
What is Fiscal Autonomy?
The Modern History of the Constitutional Change Debate
The National Conversation
The Calman Commission
Summary of the Scotland Act 2012
National Identity and Support for Further Constitutional Change
Support for Constitutional Change: What Exactly is the Question?
Independence: Current Issues and Debates
No to Independence but yes to Devo max?
How Should a Multi-Option Referendum be Ordered?
What Happens Next? The Timing of the Referendum
What are the Big Questions?
Constitutional Change and the European Union
Arguments For and Against Independence
Independence and the Media