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The role of HM Treasury and the ‘Barnett formula’ #POLU9SP

Q: why has the ‘Barnett formula’ endured for decades as a political solution despite being so heavily criticized? A: it suits both governments because it turns potentially controversial funding negotiations into a routine and humdrum process that normally takes place … Continue reading

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The Vow: what is the significance of the Barnett formula announcement?

This post appears in the FUS website: http://www.futureukandscotland.ac.uk/blog/what-significance-barnett-formula-announcement On the front page of yesterday’s Daily Record, the three UK party leaders made ‘The Vow’ – to support a timetable for greater devolution and to retain the Barnett formula. For people … Continue reading

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What is the Barnett Formula?

A lot of the Scottish Independence debate takes place on the assumption that people know what the Barnett Formula is. Yet, when I ask people if they know what it is, many simply say ‘no’ and many say ‘yes’, perhaps … Continue reading

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Potted History of Needs Assessment and Barnett

This is an excerpt from a forthcoming book (Cairney, P. and McGarvey, N. (2013) Scottish Politics 2nd ed (Basingstolke: Palgrave) used to answer a question (about the Needs Assessment exercise conducted by the Treasury in the 1970s) posed by  Peter Matthews … Continue reading

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Scottish Politics in Brexit Britain: is independence inevitable?

This is an updated and shortened version of previous posts, designed for my talk at the Dundee Arts Café tonight. I’d like to thank First Minster Nicola Sturgeon for making me look like the best scheduler of a talk ever: … Continue reading

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There may never be a good time to call #indyref2, but …

PAIS Seminar: Paul Cairney (@CairneyPaul) of the University of Stirling on 'Scotland & Brexit.’ Tomorrow at 2.30pm in OC1.01, all welcome! — PAIS Warwick (@PAISWarwick) February 27, 2017 This is a blog post for one of the two talks I … Continue reading

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What happens when policymakers have multiple, potentially contradictory, objectives? The curious case of Scotland’s ‘fiscal framework’

It is common in policy studies to state that policymakers or governments have many potentially-contradictory objectives: When we focus on ‘complex government’ we note their large size, tendency to break functions down into specialist departments and units, and for those … Continue reading

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The effect of constitutional change on politics and policymaking #POLU9SP

This is one of two opportunities in the course to consider the role of further constitutional change. In this lecture, we can explore the changes associated with Scotland Bills (and their causes). In the final lecture, we can take a … Continue reading

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Intergovernmental relations and shared policymaking #POLU9SP

In the previous lecture we discussed multi-level governance and a tendency for policy responsibilities to overlap, even when they look separate on paper. In this lecture, we discuss how governments deal with the overlaps. The ‘take home’ message is that … Continue reading

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Scottish policymaking in the context of multi-level governance #POLU9SP

This is the first of two lectures in which we consider MLG, as the diffusion of power from central government to other governments and non-government actors, and IGR, as the ways in which those governments share power and cooperate. These … Continue reading

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POLU9SP: Politics and Policymaking in Scotland POLU9SP (2015 Autumn) – module hand-out Here is the list of blog posts that correspond to my lectures for this course. Each week, I will add a link to two posts. All going well, both … Continue reading

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The SNP general election manifesto (part 2): What can the SNP hope to negotiate?

See also The SNP general election manifesto (part 1): don’t forget how quickly it all got weird The SNP is thinking meaningfully, and perhaps for the first time in its history, about what it can hope to get from negotiations from … Continue reading

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The party manifestos are an anti-climax and the biggest is yet to come

The policy and spending commitments of the major parties seem much more dramatic when described by their competitors. Now that most of the manifestos are out, it seems like such an anti-climax, since the parties themselves have covered so many … Continue reading

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What will be the role of constitutional issues in the UK General Election 2015?

From the vantage point of Scotland, you would expect constitutional issues to dominate the UK General Election. The famous ‘vow’ almost ensured its place in the debate, because the idea was that each political party would engage in the Smith … Continue reading

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The result of the Scottish independence referendum and the future of British politics

Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling, p.a.cairney@stir.ac.uk Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo 4.12.14 and Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 6.12.14 The result of the Scottish independence referendum and the future of British politics In part one, … Continue reading

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3 reasons why devo max won’t happen

For our purposes, devo max means the devolution of everything except foreign and defence policy. It wasn’t offered by the three main UK parties, even if many people claimed that it was. The three party leaders made ‘The Vow’, which … Continue reading

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Life goes on after the Scottish independence referendum

Berobed academics preparing for @CairneyPaul (in light blue) inaugural lecture. pic.twitter.com/lhCq4YsBwh — Jonas Hinnfors (@JonasHinnfors) September 24, 2014 This is the 3000 word experimental-album post, and there is also a shorter radio-edit single for the LSE blog. I discussed these … Continue reading

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What will devo-max mean?

SNP's John Swinney tells @BBCRadioScotland that the last-minute devo max shot the nationalist fox. — Fraser Nelson (@FraserNelson) September 19, 2014 "Scotland expects you (parties) to come together, work together and agree the detail of what those powers should be" Lord … Continue reading

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Scottish independence: don’t try to explain the wrong thing

Many people are trying to explain why the Yes campaign did not win the referendum. I think, in time, we will wonder why we thought this might happen, why the campaign was so successful, and why people were so disheartened … Continue reading

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Scottish Independence: more powers for Scotland? Beware the Constitutional Convention?

There is a bit of confusion about what the UK political parties will offer to undecided voters this week: the guarantee of more powers for Scotland or a constitutional convention to produce new proposals? As a piece of electioneering in … Continue reading

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