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Citizens United

Citizens United

Taking Back Control in Turbulent Times

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The future of Scotland is at a crossroads as Brexit creates more complexity and confusion. The SNP has lost momentum and a window of opportunity has emerged for a wider and deeper debate about the current political situation both in Scotland and the UK.

What’s the matter with democracy in Britain and how can we make citizenship meaningful in such turbulent times?

How is populism changing how we view politics, political parties and democracy?

Europe is our future – how can we stay in the EU?

How can we address the anger, mistrust and fear currently dominating the public discourse and bitterly dividing Britain?

What is Scotland’s future role within the UK?

How do we develop a more inspired politics where the citizen is valued and taken seriously?

This book examines the most pressing issues facing us today in the context of the political and constitutional upheaval that is coursing throughout Western democracies. The shock politics of Trump and Brexit demonstrate that the political landscape has changed and we face an uncertain future. Henry McLeish offers a new approach to get us out of the mess we’re in.

Title Citizens United
Subtitle Taking Back Control in Turbulent Times
Author Henry McLeish
ISBN 9781910021781
eISBN 9781912387038
Binding Paperback
Author Bio

RT Hon Henry McLeish began his political career as an elected member in local government in 1974, and was leader of Fife Regional Council for five years. In 1987 he was elected as a member of the UK Parliament and acted as Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs in the Labour Government from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001. Retiring from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser, consultant, writer, author and broadcaster and lectures in the USA and elsewhere on the European Union and politics. He chaired the Scottish Prisons Commission, which produced a report into sentencing and the criminal justice system entitled ‘Scotland’s Choice’. In 2010 he conducted a major report on the state of football in Scotland, which had been commissioned by the Scottish Football Association, and chaired a commission into sport requested by the Scottish Government. He is now an honorary professor at Edinburgh University.

Back Cover Text

The early years of the 21st century have erupted into a spectacular period of seismic political unrest which challenges our sense of purpose, shreds our certainties, and questions our path to progress. Volatile and angry citizens are contesting social democracy and progressive politics. It is a wake-up call to those who believe that humans are capable of achieving much higher levels of social, economic, political and cultural wellbeing.

The future of Scotland is at a crossroads as Brexit creates more complexity and confusion. The SNP has lost momentum and a window of opportunity has emerged for a wider and deeper debate about the current political situation both in Scotland and the UK.

What’s the matter with democracy in Britain and how can we make citizenship meaningful in such turbulent times?

How is populism changing how we view politics, political parties and democracy?

Europe is our future – how can we stay in the EU?

How can we address the anger, mistrust and fear currently dominating the public discourse and bitterly dividing Britain?

What is Scotland’s future role within the UK?

How do we develop a more inspired politics where the citizen is valued and taken seriously?

This book examines the most pressing issues facing us today in the context of the political and constitutional upheaval that is coursing throughout Western democracies. The shock politics of Trump and Brexit demonstrate that the political landscape has changed and we face an uncertain future. Henry McLeish offers a new approach to get us out of the mess we’re in.

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