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What is the legacy of Scotland’s referendum?

A new study suggests it might have boosted democratic participation. The challenge is how to recreate that elsewhere

By Josh Lowe  

The Scottish independence referendum touched on deeper questions than most party politics. © Jane Barlow/PA Wire/Press Association Images

“Go to a public meeting [in Scotland] and you’ll get hundreds of people,” says Willie Sullivan, Director of the Electoral Reform Society’s Scottish branch. That wasn’t always true, he says: go back a couple of years and you’d be rubbing shoulders with “a few people who [were] weirdly interested in politics.”

Such anecdotes are common…

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