|Seminar on Scottish devolution|
On 16th of June 2010 at 13.00-15.00 a seminar with Dr. Eve Hepburn on Scottish devolution was held in the Parliament building of Mariehamn. The organizers were the Åland Parliament and the Åland Islands Peace Institute. The seminar was held in English, with the option of asking questions in Swedish.
The theme was the following: Scotland's parliament is now over a decade old. The Scottish nation has been irrevocably changed by the devolution settlement in 1999, but the need for further constitutional change continues to dominate the political agenda. The lecture explored three main questions. First, why did devolution take place? Second, what are the main features of the devolution settlement, in terms of institutions and powers for Scotland? And finally, what are the consequences of devolution? Has it been a success or a failure? And is it really a stepping stone to independence?
A summary of the seminar can be found here.
More information on Dr Hepburn can be found here.