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The September 2014 Scottish independence referendum was an event of profound constitutional and political significance, not only for Scotland, but for the UK as a whole. Although Scottish voters chose to remain in the UK, the experience of the referendum and the subsequent political reaction to the 'No' vote that triggered significant reforms to the devolution settlement have fundamentally altered Scotland's position within the Union. The extraordinary success of the Scottish National Party at the 2015 General Election also indicates that the territorial dimension to UK constitutional politics is more prominent than ever, destabilising key assumptions about the location and exercise of constitutional authority within the UK. The political and constitutional implications of the referendum are still unfolding, and it is by no means certain that the Union will survive. Providing a systematic and academic analysis of the referendum and its aftermath, this interdisciplinary edited collection brings together public lawyers, political scientists, economists, and historians in an effort to look both backwards to, and forwards from, the referendum. The chapters evaluate the historical events leading up to the referendum, the referendum process, and the key issues arising from the referendum debate. They also explore the implications of the referendum both for the future governance of Scotland and for the UK's territorial constitution, drawing on comparative experience in order to understand how the constitution may evolve, and how the independence debate may play out in future.00.
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Introduction / Tom Mullen The independence referendum in historical and political context / Colin Kidd and Malcolm Petrie The Scottish independence referendum: a model of good practice in direct democracy? / Stephen Tierney The referendum campaign / James Mitchell The constitutional case for independence / Aileen McHarg Making the case for union: exactly why are we better together? / Jim Gallagher Economics and national autonomy / Andrew Scott Scotland, secession, and the European Union / Sionaidh Douglas-Scott International law, the independence debate, and political settlement in the UK / Christine Bell A contitution in flux: the dynamics of constitutional change after the referendum / Nicola McEwen The territorial constitution and the future of Scotland / Neil Walker The referendum debate, the democratic deficit, and the governance of Scotland / Alan Page Devolutionary federalism within a westminster-derived context / Nicholas Aroney The technical Jekyll and the political Hyde: the constitutional law and politics of Scotland's independence 'neverendum' / Andrew Tickell.