Economics & Finance


By Dr. Evgeny Postnikov, Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Glasgow MT As the negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States are continuing, the question of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is becoming a major roadblock on the way […]

Investors versus the State: can the TTIP be fair?


‘Making Sense of the Crisis: Is the financial crisis cascading into a democratic crisis in Europe?’ Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster The European nightmare is that economic crisis leads to the re-emergence of ethno-nationalism and fascism, with violence engulfing democratic institutions. Potentially, the crisis, […]

Video: Sylvia Walby presents the 2015 David Frisby Memorial Lecture


Dr Warren Mundy, Commissioner, Productivity Commission, Australia, participated in Policy Scotland’s debate on “Regulating an Independent Economy” back in December 2013. This paper was prepared for that debate. Abstract: The future prosperity of Scotland will depend on the ability of its people and its firms to innovate and adapt to […]

Business Regulation for an Independent Scotland – a view from ...



The Stevenson Trust for Citizenship and the School of Social and Political Science The 2015 Politics Mackenzie Lecture Austerity and the Politics of Money: A Disconsolate Analysis Mark Blyth Eastman Professor of Political Economy, Brown University Mark Blyth is Eastman Professor of Political Economy and Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute […]

Event: The 2015 Politics MacKenzie Lecture – March 23rd


by Josef Konvitz Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow; Visiting Professor, Cities Group, Geography, King’s London; Former Head, Urban Affairs, Regulatory Policy Divisions, OECD, Paris The prospect of a recovery gives the false impression that we can go back to 2008 as if the last six years had not happened.  But something dramatic […]

Cities and new sources of growth




By Myrto Tsakatika 7/1/14 Myrto Tsakatika is Senior Lecturer in European Politics at Glasgow University, seconded to Policy Scotland for 2014-2015. She co-convenes the South European Research Network (SERN). Speaking after the new European Commission’s approval by the European Parliament, the President, Jean Claude Junker described his Commission as a […]

The Junker Commission: politics, European style


On Friday 28th November, Policy Scotland jointly hosted an Ideas Forum with the Scottish Cities Knowledge  Centre, in Edinburgh.  The half-day event covered the following topics: – Entrepreneurial Eco-systems and Growth (Prof Colin Mason, University of Glasgow) – Microbusiness growth and the urban economy (Dr Darja Reuschke, University of St […]

Summary of Event: “Unlocking Entrepreneurialism and Business Growth in Cities”


Venue: Open University in Scotland, Edinburgh Time: 14:00-17:30 on Thursday 22nd Jan and 09:30-12:45 on Friday 23rd Jan 2015 Policy Scotland is delighted to be co hosting this workshop event with the Urban & Regional Economics Seminar Group and the Centre for Innovation Knowledge and Development (IKD) In January 2015. The workshop […]

Event: 22-23 Jan 2015 – Devolution and federalism in a ...



By Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow at the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School The Single Supervisory Mechanism, or SSM, entered into force on 3 November 2014. The SSM is the mechanism by which the European Central Bank takes now responsibility to monitor the participating banks, mostly […]

Why the Single Supervisory Mechanism is European economic integration’s biggest ...


For further information see Dr. Armstrong’s submission to the Smith Commission: http://www.niesr.ac.uk/publications/devolution-uk-submission-smith-commission#.VICTWzGUeSo

Video: Smith Commission Debate 3/12/14 Dr. Angus Armstrong


Date: Wednesday 3rd December 2014 Time: 18:00 – 19:30 Venue: Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building Following the publication of the Smith Commission initial recommendations at the end of November, Policy Scotland is hosting an expert debate on the implications of the Smith recommendations on tax, welfare and the relationships […]

EVENT 3/12/2014: Smith Commission Debate




Date: Wednesday 5th November 2014 Time: 18:00- 19:30 Venue: Yudowitz Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow Cities are the powerhouses of regional and national economies across the world. Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, is a passionate supporter of the cities agenda and was integral to […]

EVENT: Glasgow City Deal – The way forward for the ...





Photo Credit: Lending Memo By Sayantan Ghosal, University of Glasgow Originally published in  After a relatively benign period, market upheaval has returned. The main stock market indices have been falling across Asia, Europe and the US, while safe-haven assets like gold have been on the rise. This follows a slow […]

The main reason markets are falling? The future looks gloomier ...


By Ronald MacDonald Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy University of Glasgow and Research Fellow, CESifo Policy Group, Munich   A non-technical resume: • This paper demonstrates that all of the currency options available to an independent Scotland come with the price tag of an austerity programme. This is due to the need to accumulate foreign […]

An independent Scotland’s currency options redux: assessing the costs and ...



By Professor Anton Muscatelli The economic crisis of the last decade has cast the spotlight on economic inequality. But whilst inequality has been thrown into sharper relief by the recent recession, it has much deeper roots. Increasing inequality pre-dates the financial crisis in most industrialised countries. Understanding its causes is […]

Tackling trends in inequality