About this Journal

Scottish Affairs, founded in 1992, is the leading forum for debate on Scottish current affairs.

Its predecessor was Scottish Government Yearbooks, published by the University of Edinburgh's 'Unit for the Study of Government in Scotland' between 1976 and 1992.

The movement towards the setting up the Scottish Parliament in the 1990s, and then the debate in and around the Parliament since 1999, brought the need for a new analysis of Scottish politics, policy and society. Scottish Affairs provides that opportunity. Fully peer-reviewed, it publishes articles on matters of concern to people who are interested in the development of Scotland, often setting current affairs in an international or historical context, and in a context of debates about culture and identity. This includes articles about similarly placed small nations and regions throughout Europe and beyond. The articles are authoritative and rigorous without being technical and pedantic. No subject area is excluded, but all articles pay attention to the social and political context of their topics.

Thus Scottish Affairs takes up a position between informed journalism and academic analysis, and provides a forum for dialogue between the two. The readers and contributors include journalists, politicians, civil servants, business people, academics, and people in general who take an informed interest in current affairs.

Editors and Editorial Board


Michael Rosie, Sociology, Edinburgh University

Book Review Editor

Michael Rosie, Sociology, Edinburgh University

Associate Editors

Ross Bond, Sociology, Edinburgh University
Emma Davidson, Sociology, University of Edinburgh
Eve Hepburn, Politics, Edinburgh University
David McCrone, Institute of Governance, Edinburgh University
Lindsay Paterson, Social Policy, Edinburgh University

Editorial Advisory Board

Steve Bruce, Sociology, University of Aberdeen
Ewen Cameron, Scottish History, University of Edinburgh
Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Stirling University
Keith Dixon, Études Anglophones, Université Lumière Lyon 2
Jan Eichhorn, Social Policy, University of Edinburgh
Akwugo Emejulu, Education, University of Edinburgh
Euan Hague, Geography, DePaul University, Chicago
Tom Hubbard, bibliographer, translator, editor and a poet
James Hunter, History, University of the Highlands and Islands
Peter Lynch, Politics, University of Stirling
Catriona Macdonald, Scottish History, University of Glasgow
John McLaren, Centre for Public Policy for Regions, University of Glasgow
Graeme Morton, History, University of Dundee
Klaus Nagel, Departament de Ciències Polítiques i Socials, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Fiona O’Hanlon, Education, University of Edinburgh
Pádraig Ó Riagáin, Centre of Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College, Dublin
Rachel Ormston, Ipsos MORI, Scotland
James Robertson, poet, novelist and essayist
Andrew Scott, European Union Studies, University of Edinburgh
Adrienne Scullion, Queen's University Belfast
Klaus Stolz, Britische und Amerikanische Kultur- und Länderstudien, Technische Universität, Chemnitz
Annie Thiec, Département d’Études Anglaises, Université de Nantes

Books for review should be sent to: Michael Rosie, Sociology, Edinburgh University, Institute of Governance, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Chisholm House, High School Yards, Edinburgh
Email: [email protected]


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Scottish Affairs

Print ISSN: 0966-0356 Online ISSN: 2053-888X
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