Scotland's Constitutional Future
The success of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the 2007 Scottish Parliament election stimulated renewed debate about Scotland’s constitutional future. The SNP came to power with a commitment to hold a referendum on independence in 2010. At the same time, the Calman Commission, supported by the other main political parties, has recommended a significant re-writing of the arrangements for financing Scotland.
These two developments raise important questions about how the public views Scotland’s constitutional future.
- First, how has the public’s experience of the SNP in power shaped their attitudes to constitutional issues?
- Second, is there any alternative set of political arrangements between Scotland and England short of independence that might be capable of meeting the aspirations of the Scottish public?
This project will address these questions and contribute to the continuing policy debate by including 20 questions on the 2010 and 2011 Scottish Social Attitudes surveys.
Briefing paper summarising attitudes towards options for the government of Scotland taken from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSA) 2010.
Briefing paper addressing questions about devolution and its impact on Scottish and English public opinion.
- Single Transferable Vote: 2012 Scottish local elections
- Rewriting the British Constitution (again): Cure or Cold?
- Options for an English Parliament
- Earnings Risk, Government Policy and Household Welfare
- Benchmarking transparency in government's use of evidence
- Prime Ministerial accountability to Parliament
- Implementing the Smith Commission proposals