British politics after the Scottish referendum

The Scots have decided stay in the Union – if only by a hair. Yet, the Scottish referendum will cast its shadow over British politics. How will Westminster deal with Scottish devolution claims and how will it impact on next year’s general election?

Lessons from Scotland...

By choosing to stay in the Union, Scots probably did the right thing. But did they do it for the right reasons?

How united are we now?...

The referendum may have failed to return independence, but it might have gone a long way toward gaining Scotland both more powers and more influence. Will others follow the Scottish example?

Talkin' bout a devolut...

The referendum must be the starting point of a wider discussion about how power is distributed across the whole United Kingdom and not just between Scotland and Westminster.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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