Government & Politics


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


By Professor Ken Gibb, University of Glasgow Earlier today I was part of a report launch jamboree in Edinburgh. This was the official presentation of the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing: A Blueprint for Scotland’s Future. This has been a two year programme of work supported by, but independent of, […]

Housing and Wellbeing – blueprints and more




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


STILL SPACES AVAILABLE! REGISTER HERE –   Date: Thursday 11th June 2015 Time: 18:00-19:30 Venue: Senate Room, Main Building, University of Glasgow Policy Scotland would like to invite you to our second Annual Lecture with guest speaker, Professor Frank Baumgartner. Frank holds the Richard J. Richardson Distinguished Professorship of Political […]

Policy Scotland Annual Lecture “Traffic Stops in Black & White” ...


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 ...



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?


By Dr. Marco Goldoni, Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Glasgow As it was predictable, most of the electoral campaign and the parties’ manifestos have focussed on one EU-related topic: the in/out referendum. This is not to say that other topics were completely absent, but one would have […]

In or out? The European Union in the parties’ manifestos


This is the last Friday before what is sure to be an historic UK General Election on 7 May 2015. To celebrate, Policy Scotland are replacing this week’s Friday Video with a special podcast from our interns, Sarah Hamlin and Amy Watson. In this podcast, Sarah and Amy have a […]

Thursday Video Election Special – Gender and the 2015 General ...



In this podcast, Sarah Hamlin and Amy Watson discuss some of the ideas about gender and ‘women’s issues’ present in the manifestos of the Conservative Party, Green Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, SNP and UKIP. This podcast was recorded live on 21st April 2015, and reflects information current at the time […]

Gender and the General Election 2015


  You can view footage below from the Policy Reunion Event held on 24 March 2015 on community planning partnerships. At this event Policy Scotland Director, Ken Gibb, chaired a panel  focused on the emergence and evolution of Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs), a cornerstone of Public Service Reforms in Scotland. […]

Video: Policy Reunion – community planning partnerships


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



A talk given by Jim Gallagher, Nuffield College, University of Oxford at the Open University, Edinburgh for a Policy Scotland and URESG Joint Seminar on 22 January 2015 We are equidistant between the independence referendum and the general election, 4 months after one and 4 months before the other. Scotland’s constitutional […]

Where next for Scotland and the UK?


By Prof. Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow I suspect this will not be my last word on the UK General Election in May 2015. Different sectional interests will make their cases for inclusion in manifestos and government programmes that will divert resources into their chosen area. Sometimes they […]

Housing, the long term and the 2015 UK election


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



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




By Kenneth Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland The remarkable upsurge in political engagement during the referendum has been followed by a phase in which organisations and individuals across Scotland are preparing submissions to the Smith Commission. Smith is currently engaging in a wide consultation about what powers should be transferred to the […]

Policy Scotland’s contribution to the Smith Commission Debate