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A lecture given by Professor J D Gallagher, Policy Scotland, Glasgow University on 21 October 2015 In this lecture I want to do three things. Take stock, just over a year after the referendum, of where Scotland now stands, and identify the most salient constitutional fact about Scotland; and make a proposal for […]

Through a glass, darkly : Glimpsing Scotland’s constitutional future



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By Professor Jim Gallagher, University of Glasgow The dust has settled after all the hype of the referendum anniversary. So there may be scope for more sober reflection on its legacy, and what happens next for Scotland and the UK. I will argue in a lecture in Glasgow on 21 […]

Through a Glass Darkly: The Shape of Scotland’s Constitutional Future


Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place. The research undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University over the last three years has led the way in documenting the financial losses at the […]

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: Lots of pain ...


By Professor Ken Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland The media covered Reform Scotland‘s contribution to the local tax debate yesterday. This was a welcome contribution to the aims of tax reform situated much more squarely in thinking about the wider role of local government in modern Scotland. Central to their case […]

Local Tax Reform: God and the Devil in the Details



by Prof. Adam Tomkins, John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow MPs return to Westminster in a couple of weeks. Among the constitutional matters competing for their attention will be “English votes for English laws”. This has been a contested and troublesome area of constitutional reform for […]

English Votes for English Laws


by Anton Muscatelli, published by The Conversation                           The bailout deal negotiated between Greece and the eurozone was yet another example of bad EU decision making. It only partially addresses the problems which the Greek economy faces. It […]

Greece – A bad deal for everyone


A Written Submission to the Commission on Local Tax Reform The following was submitted as written evidence by Policy Scotland (written by Ken Gibb and Linda Christie). We answered three questions which are reprinted below. Question One: Scotland’s Current System of Council Tax To what extent does the current system of council […]

Submission on Local Tax Reform



BENEFIT SANCTIONS: RETROSPECT & PROSPECTS Dr David Webster, University of Glasgow 16:15 – 17:30, Monday 1st June Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre B (room 412) This seminar will present a critical analysis of the UK system of benefit ‘sanctions’. These are financial penalties imposed by officials on claimants of Jobseekers Allowance […]

Free Event: Benefit Sanctions, retrospect & prospects


This podcast was recorded at the 2015 David Frisby Memorial Lecture held at the University of Glasgow. In this lecture, hosted by the Department of Sociology, Professor Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster, discusses the financial crisis in Europe and its democratic, social and gender-related outcomes.

Podcast: Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University ...