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Getting ahead of the curve: What next for Scotland and the Union?

(Article) Alun Evans has been Chief Executive of the British Academy since July 2015. In his previous role, he headed the Scotland Office, the Whitehall department which made the case for Scotland to remain part of the UK in the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014. On 16 September 2015, Alun Evans gave his Chief Executive’s Inaugural Lecture on ‘Getting ahead of the curve: How to stop playing catch up on Scotland’, offering some personal reflections on events leading up to and following from the Scottish referendum. In this article based on that lecture, he focuses on the hurly-burly of the 2014 referendum campaign, and his own suggestions for securing a long-term future for the Union.

Politics • Alun Evans

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Published in British Academy Review, Issue 27 (February 2016).