6.30PM - 8.00PM
Speaker: Professor Paul Cairney, Division of History and Politics, University of Stirling
Venue: Pathfoot Lecture Theatre
All staff, students and members of the public are invited to join Professor Paul Cairney for his Professorial Inaugural Lecture entitled ‘Will life go on after the Scottish Independence referendum?’
The lecture discusses the future of Scotland’s political system after the independence referendum. It touches upon the referendum campaigns and the immediate impact of a yes or no vote, but focuses on the aspects of politics and policymaking that are relatively unaffected by the result, including: the presence of ‘wicked’ policy problems that all governments struggle to solve; the tendency for the public to focus on salient political issues at the expense of most government activity; and, the often-peripheral role of the MSPs we elect to the Scottish Parliament. Regardless of the vote, we will continue to focus on one small, simple, part of the political process (including elections), often ignoring the complex problems that policymakers face, and remaining unaware of the complex policy processes in which they operate. How is policy made under those circumstances – and should you pay attention?
Audience members are invited to join Professor Cairney and colleagues after the lecture for a drinks reception in the Crush Hall, adjacent to the lecture theatre.
RSVP: by Wednesday 17 September 2014 to