A century of temperance in alcohol policy and licensing law

By Stuart MacLennan “Crackdowns” on alcohol my well be de rigueur, but they are most certainly not novel. The early 20th century provides the genesis for many contemporary alcohol restrictions, with the temperance movement having achieved considerable influence over public…

When conservation is not enough

By Dominic Hinde In its nine years in power, Scotland’s Scottish National Party (SNP) government has sought to redefine many areas of how the country is governed. In many fields, from healthcare to education, the party has attempted to create…

Finding offence

How are we to assess the impact of activities (e.g. words, songs or gestures) associated with sectarianism in contemporary Scotland? In the increasing absence of easily attributable effects such as crimes or disorder, or blatant forms of discrimination in the…

Community Experiences of Sectarianism

In the August 2015 issue of Scottish Affairs, a team of researchers explore the findings of a study they carried out for the Scottish government on community experiences of sectarianism. Here, one of the authors, Kay Goodall, sets out some…

Scottish Affairs

“Spotlight on”…Scottish Affairs

Scottish Affairs is published quarterly in February, May, August and November of each year. Founded in 1992, it is Scotland’s longest running journal on contemporary political and social issues. Fully peer-reviewed, Scottish Affairs provides the opportunity for analysis of Scottish…

Who is reading what – a round-up of popular articles

1. Palestine and Genocide From Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, Professor Martin Shaw revisits his earlier article “Palestine in an International Historical Perspective on Genocide” and reviews the responses to in this new article “Palestine and Genocide”  He points…

Scotland’s Referendum

By Michael Rosie, Special Editor for Scottish Affairs, Volume 23.3 (2014) Scotland does not stand still. The last 15 years have seen four elections, the death of a First Minister, the transition from a Scottish Executive to a Scottish Government.…