Smith Commission

By Professor Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow. I have just returned from a two day conference organised by Policy Scotland and the Urban and Regional Economics Seminar Group. The meeting took place at the Open University in Edinburgh. The title of the meeting was: devolution and federalism in […]

The Many Forms and Consequences of Devolution

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?

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

Policy Scotland, the University’s hub for policy research, has launched a working paper alongside plans for a programme of events that seek to make a major and novel contribution into the present debate centred around the Smith Commission. The paper written by Duncan Maclennan, Des McNulty and Ken Gibb, has […]

New ideas for a new time: Scotland’s place in a ...

An analysis by Professor Paul Hallwood (University of Connecticut) and Professor Ronald MacDonald (University of Glasgow)   Highlighted recommendations include: • Block grants from Westminster should not be elastic in the sense that if the Scottish Parliament cannot finance its chosen spending level out of the existing block grant and […]

What is the right budget constraint for Scotland?