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The Italian Constitutional Referendum: the fears behind the No vote

The varied generational impact of Italy’s enduring economic crisis was a central factor behind the No vote The result of the Constitutional referendum held on 4 December 2016 in Italy was a watershed moment in Italian politics, and in the leadership path of Matteo Renzi.  Despite the efforts of the former Prime Minister, only 40% of the electorate supported the … Continue reading

9 March 2017 by
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Italy after the referendum: when change leads to immobility

Ariana Giovannini

A month after the Italian constitutional referendum and nothing has really changed. The country has a new government and Prime Minister, yet the political and significant economic challenges remain After the resounding No vote returned by the Italian electorate on December 4th, the former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who staked his future on the outcome of the constitutional reform referendum … Continue reading

24 January 2017 by
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Brexit and the British state

Mick Moran

Focusing on the ‘left behind’ thesis ignores the real message exposed by the referendum: the UK is a fragmented and fast dissolving state Despite all the uncertainties generated by the referendum result of 23 June, one assertion is now commonly made with increasing confidence: that support for a ‘leave’ vote was a protest from those left behind by the twin … Continue reading

16 November 2016 by
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The EU Referendum, Brexit and the UK’s regions – new SPERI research and event series

On Thursday 23 June Britain will hold a historic referendum to decide whether to remain in or leave the European Union. SPERI has launched a new programme of research and events to explore the relationship between the UK’s regions and devolved nations and the European Union, with a particular focus on the North of England, and consider the implications of … Continue reading

17 May 2016 by
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Britain’s future referendum on EU membership: lessons from Scotland

Jim Buller

Economic arguments in favour of Europe may not resonate with a sceptical public ‘If anyone thinks after this that an EU referendum is a good idea, they must be off their heads’ (Better Together campaigner, quoted here). Last month, after a vibrant and passionate referendum campaign, the Scots voted to stay in the UK by a majority of 55 to … Continue reading

4 December 2014 by
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Social democracy and Scottish independence

James Stafford

The ‘radical’ proponents of Scottish independence dramatically overstated its potential to transform Britain’s broken political economy Throughout the debate surrounding Scottish independence, social democratic defenders of the Union suffered from what Ben Jackson has described as ‘cognitive dissonance’.  Across many parts of the Yes campaign, powerful arguments were advanced, many of them familiar to readers of this blog, critiquing Britain’s … Continue reading

20 November 2014 by
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The Catalan democratic rebellion

Mònica Clua-Losada

A longstanding sense of unfinished business in the democratisation of Spain has moved to a new stage of crisis Just over a week ago, on 9 November, and coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world gazed at a small place on the North-East coast of the Iberian Peninsula.  In this place, over 2 … Continue reading

18 November 2014 by
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Where now for Scottish devolution?

Paul Sutton

A number of distinct formats are on the table, all different from federalism The votes are now in and Scotland has decided against independence. But the issues that prompted the referendum have not gone away. Instead, they have been recast in the form of devolution and federalism – for Scotland and the rest of the UK. On these questions the … Continue reading

22 September 2014 by
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