Thomas Swann: Learn from Iceland to make Scotland's Citizens' Assembly a success
Thomas Swann (@ThomasSwann1), research fellow at Loughborough University, says Iceland’s National Gathering in 2010 was ultimately a case study in how Citizens’ Assemblies can fail, and thus has many lessons for Scotland as we embark on a similar democratic experiment
What the Yes campaign can learn from Iceland, Occupy and anarchy
Academics Ruth Kinna, Alex Prichard and Thomas Swann explore what recent events in Iceland and the 2011 Occupy movement can teach Scotland about anarchism, participation and radical democracy
BEFORE Iceland’s parliamentary election on Saturday, hopes were being raised at the prospect of a centre-left coalition, led by the Pirate Party, passing Iceland’s crowdsourced constitution.
Pirates propose new radical government coalition for Iceland
Change of government expected as Iceland goes to the polls
EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH in Reykjavik for a dramatic shift in Iceland’s political landscape ahead of the 2016 parliamentary elections.
The north Atlantic island has been the epicentre of some of the western world’s biggest political shocks in recent years - with the tumult of the banking crisis and recent Panama Papers revelations destabilising its old political establishment.
5 things you should know about the Icelandic Pirate party
As the Pirate party of Iceland prepares for power CommonSpace breaks down what you need to know about this Nordic rebellion
ICELAND’S pirate party looks likely to win or finish a close second as the country goes to the polls on Saturday, in the wake of popular anger over political corruption following the 2008 financial crisis and the Panama Papers scandal in April of this year.
News in 5 Minutes: Explosions in Thailand, Scots retailers call for Brexit tax breaks, and Ediburgh's pandas birthdays
CommonSpace brings you the news so you don’t have to go looking for it
TODAY’S INSTALMENT (12 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes explosions in Thailand’s tourist hotspots, Scots retailers calls for post-Brexit tax breaks and Edinburgh’s pandas celebrating their birthdays.
News: Explosions in tourist hotspots of Phuket and Hua Hin in Thailand
Iceland faces coalition talks after inconclusive election result
No clear coalition emerges after radicals fall short of expectations
ICELAND’S COALITION GOVERNMENT and a proposed new grouping of opposition parties have both fallen short of winning a majority in the 2016 national elections.
The governing coalition (the Independence and Progressives parties) fell narrowly short of the 32 seats required to continue in office. (29 MPs)
Fraser Stewart: Why 'doing an Iceland' is unlikely in the UK in the wake of Panama tax scandal
CommonSpace columnist Fraser Stewart says UK voters must mobilise in order to change the Westminster scandal culture
'DOING AN ICELAND' has become the hip new phrase in the political lexicon. Indeed, peaceful revolution is something to be celebrated and ideally replicated the world over whenever appropriate conditions arise: exploitation of citizens, persecution of minorities, government-level corruption, for example.
UK Government to investigate Scotland-Iceland renewable energy network
Subsea cables to bring volcanic energy from Iceland to power a "green battery"
THE UK government is set to announce plans for a new scheme to transport Icelandic geo-thermal energy to the UK via Subsea cables to create a "green battery", with previous plans presenting the first port of call as Scotland.
If found to be viable, the development would increase Scotland's energy security, diversify its energy market and create jobs and infrastructure.
Iceland sends more criminal bankers to jail for fraud and market manipulation
Icelandic courts have convicted the chief executives of the country's three largest banks
THREE more bankers including a chief executive from one of Iceland's biggest banks have been given prison sentences as the country's criminal investigations continue into fraud and market manipulation surrounding the financial crash of 2008.