Referendum




By Prof. Phillip Schlesinger, Professor of Cultural Policy, The University of Glasgow. This post originally appeared on the LSE Media Policy Project blog. Re-posted with permission.    Last November, the Scottish Government published Scotland’s Future – its White Paper on independence. Although considerable attention has been devoted to broadcasting, very little indeed has been […]

The film industry and Scottish independence




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By Ronald MacDonald Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy The long awaited White Paper setting out the SNP’s stall for an independent Scotland revealed key inadequacies in its thinking on a range of economic issues, from the currency to fiscal policy. The issue of the currency especially seems to have […]

A Viable Plan B?





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Dr Thomas Lundberg, Lecturer (Politics), The University of Glasgow The Scottish Government has published its long-awaited White Paper, Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland. The paper sets out the Scottish National Party’s aspirations for an independent Scotland by enhancing democracy, prosperity and fairness, though critics have already claimed […]

The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence: Appeal for a ...


In a wide-ranging paper by the Centre for Public Policy for Regions (CPPR) based on  the he latest available North Sea data (actuals and forecast), Professors John McLaren, Jo Armstrong and Ken Gibb(ed.) show that oil related tax revenues would fail to fill the gap left from the loss of Barnett […]

What potential is there for the development of a Savings ...




In this paper, Professor Ronald MacDonald takes on the role of a ‘virtual consultant’ to a potentially independent Scotland. What should the exchange rate regime of an independent Scotland look like? MacDonald argues that the current proposal of the Scottish government to remain part of the sterling zone is doomed […]

Currency Issues and Options for an Independent Scotland