Referendum







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?


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 ...



Date:  Wednesday 19 November 2014 Time: 13:45 – 17:15 Venue: Senate Room, Main Building, University of Glasgow Speakers: Professor Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh Professor David Bell, University of Stirling Professor Alan Page, University of Dundee Sylvia Suteu, University of Edinburgh This seminar will, therefore, explore some of the key issues […]

EVENT: Further Devolution to Scotland: What should the Smith Commission ...


In the Day After Judgement, Jim Gallagher, Visiting Professor in Government, sets out his views about what should happen now that the Scottish people have voted No. He argues it would be a serious error if either Scotland or the UK were to conclude things could revert to business as usual. […]

Jim Gallagher – “The Day After Judgement”





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 ...




Date: Thursday 21st August 2014 Time: 18:00-19:30 Venue: Lecture Room 2, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow Scotland’s constitutional future is the overriding issue in Scotland at the present time. This event, jointly hosted by Glasgow University and Reform Scotland, will give the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning […]

Event: Visions of Scotland


Scottishness is a more inclusive national identity than Englishness for many ethnic groups in Britain. New research on the Scottish Census data reveals that almost all minority communities in Scotland were more likely to claim a Scottish identity in Scotland, than an English identity in England. The picture is complicated, […]

Who feels Scottish? National identities and ethnicity in Scotland


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 ...



First Published in The Scotsman. • Professor Anton Muscatelli is principal and vice-chancellor of Glasgow University. I WAS struck by the recent assertion that academics in Scottish universities are feeling intimidated and unwilling to speak up in the independence debate. I think it is important to counter that impression. Universities […]

Anton Muscatelli: No sign of debate intimidation



Date: Thursday 26th June 2014, Time: 18:00-20:00 Venue: Lecture Room 2, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow Scotland’s constitutional future is the overriding issue in Scotland at the present time. This event, jointly hosted by Glasgow University and Reform Scotland, will give two leading politicians from different parties the opportunity […]

Event: Visions of Scotland




On Thursday 3rd of April, we hosted a public debate about equalities and the referendum debate. We were delighted to welcome as speakers; Dr Lesley Orr – Woman of Influence of the Year 2012, , academic, feminist historian Roza Salih – VP Advocacy & Diversity, Student Representative Council , Strathclyde University Nazed […]

Equalities and the Referendum debate