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Does public engagement on NHS service change lead to greater public support for difficult decisions?

Richard Norris, Visiting Fellow, Academy of Government and Director of Scottish Health Council A recent seminar organised by the Academy of Government, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and the Usher Institute, explored the issue of public engagement in health service change. We … Continue reading

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What next for the Liberal Democrats?

Margaret Smith, former Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh West. Much was expected of the Lib Dems going into this year’s elections. In Scotland, Willie Rennie confidently told his party’s Spring Conference that they spoke for the majority in Scotland who … Continue reading

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What next for the big problems of the UK economy?

Professor Simon Clark, Head of School of Economics, Edinburgh University During the general election campaign remarkably little was said about Brexit, despite Theresa May calling the election in order to strengthen her negotiating hand. So it might be thought that … Continue reading

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What next for Race Equality?

Nasar Meer, Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship, School of Social and Political Science, Edinburgh University “If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white”, so Theresa May told us on the steps … Continue reading

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What Next for English Votes for English Laws?

Stephen Tierney This post asks: what, if any, impact is a hung Parliament likely to have upon the relatively new House of Commons procedure known as ‘English Votes for English laws (EVEL)’? Will a minority Conservative Government, propped up by … Continue reading

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What next for the debate on electoral reform?

Juliet Swann, authority on electoral systems; gender, politics and public policy; with wide experience in campaign, rights and reform organisations @muteswann The June 2017 election results show that a few voters are deciding for the many, and political party discussions … Continue reading

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What next for Scottish Labour?

Margaret Curran, former Labour MSP, MP and Scottish Government Minister Where were you when David Dimbleby read out the result of the exit poll? It was the biggest thrill many in Scottish Labour have had in some time. While the … Continue reading

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