Devolution has already become a settled part of the UK’s constitutional landscape. Far more people support devolution than a return to Scotland without its own Parliament. Further, although surveys may identify often-high levels of dissatisfaction with politics in Scotland, they also suggest that Westminster gets the blame; the vastly favoured response is to give the Scottish Parliament more powers (short of independence) to deal with the problem. For example, most people think that the Scottish Parliament (as the body representing ‘devolution’ in such questions) has achieved ‘a little’ or ‘nothing at all’; the general response is that it has ‘made no difference’ to Scottish politics and policy-making. However, most people also choose Scottish institutions when asked ‘Who ought to have the most influence over the way Scotland is run?’ or if asked about who is most likely to ‘work in Scotland’s interests’ (see Cairney, 2011a: 157–65 which draws on reports by John Curtice).
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