Professor Anton Muscatelli is Principal of the University of Glasgow and chair of the Scottish Government Standing Council on the EU. He is writing in a personal capacity  However, we know that institutions also matter crucially in determining the path of the economy. Government decisions can also lead to significant […]

EU Membership and Scotland’s Long Term Growth


Originally posted on Ken Gibb’s personal blog on July 26 2016. Yesterday morning I went along to the IPPR-hosted Brexit event featuring a keynote speech from the First Minister. More on that later. First, and to set the scene, it is worth thinking a bit about the options to be […]

Brexit: Balancing Scotland, the UK and the EU


Ken Gibb, Director of Policy Scotland and Des McNulty, Deputy Director of Policy Scotland In the shock and uncertainty following Thursday’s vote, the focus has primarily been on the constitutional, social and economic questions that flow from disengaging with the EU and on the political fallout. Important as these questions […]

Brexit and Public Policy Capacity




new post from David Webster, Honorary Research Fellow, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow After their election in 2010, ministers embarked on a campaign of ‘sanctions’, i.e. withdrawals of benefit, against claimants of Jobseeker’s Allowance. They inherited a level of 533,000 a year, but drove it up to a peak of […]

Tackling Britain’s Misleading Benefit Sanctions Statistics


Martin Taulbut, Public Health Information Manager, NHS Health Scotland discusses Universal Credit, public health and the Scottish labour market.  “You’ve got to support Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms”. That was the argument put in a provocative, after-dinner speech to public health professionals I attended three years ago. So the question […]

Credit where it’s due?



Professor Michael Russell MSP gives his first reaction to the outcome of the European Referendum, and its implications for Scotland. Political anoraks like myself like to speculate before elections about possible outcomes and there has been much such speculation in recent weeks. Accordingly the outcome of the European Referendum was, […]

The Choice Between Two Unions



Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity. The current EU referendum debate has focused on the negatives of the choice. In part this is because the ‘Leave’ campaign has suggested that the UK would be free to shape its economic, social and […]

Forget Project Fear, Time to hear the Positive Case for ...



The Leave campaign’s arguments about trade are based on out-dated, irrelevant assumptions and models – following them would be catastrophic for the UK economy, writes Professor Ronald MacDonald of the University of Glasgow. Trade and the EU Referendum Trade is at the core of the economic debate on the EU […]

Trade and the EU Referendum: Why the Leave campaign has ...


Joanna Spiers The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.   I’ve been working at Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector for around 18 months; my job is to coordinate some of the welfare reform activity happening across Glasgow’s Third Sector; to help […]

Working with the real welfare reform experts


Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland Director Reposted from ‘Brick by Brick’ The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. Last month, the Additional Member System reasserted itself and ended majority government (just). The SNP continue in power but as a minority administration (just). One […]

‘Five Years, that’s all we’ve got’: the Scottish election and ...



Martin Taulbut, Public Health Information Manager NHS Health Scotland The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     “You’ve got to support Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms”. That was the argument put in a provocative, after-dinner speech to public health professionals I […]

Credit where it’s due? Universal Credit, public health and the ...


From Cities Policies to City Policy: innovative pathways to Urban Transformation Date: 8th June 2016, 12.15 -5.00pm, Venue: Zone B, The Tontine Building, 20 Trongate, Glasgow Spaces are limited so please register your interest using Eventbrite. The last five years have witnessed substantial shifts in policy approaches to cities across […]

June 8th – Policy Scotland – ESRC – Urban Transformations


Professor David Bell Thursday 9th June 2016, 3-5pm – Wolfson Medical School, The Hugh Fraser Seminar Room 2, The University of Glasgow Professor David Bell, who has written extensively on the economics of constitutional change and the Scottish economy, has interesting evidence to share on the economic issues associated with […]

Leave or Remain: the Economics of Brexit



Presenting First Wave findings from the ESRC ‘Welfare Conditionality: Sanctions, Support and Behaviour Change’ project. When: 9 June 2016, 9am – 1pm Where: Laphroaig Theatre, IET Glasgow: Teacher Building, 14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow G1 4DB Registration: Free at Eventbrite. Programme 9am Arrival with tea/coffees 9.30am Welcome and Introduction Hugh […]

9th June – Welfare Reform Network – Welfare Conditionality Social ...


  Michael Russell, MSP The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. There was a moment of confusion on the first sitting day of the new Scottish Parliamentary session. When the retiring Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, asked the candidates to succeed her to […]

Policy Scotland Blog: The Positives of Minority Goverment, Election ...


Anton Muscatelli Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     The mixture of fantasy and reality on which the Leave campaign is basing its arguments might […]

Brexit: A midsummer’s night’s ‘mare



By Jim Gallagher Jim Gallagher is a guest contributor for Policy Scotland, the views expressed in this post do not reflect the opinions of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.  Referendums and buses come in twos, and the second one is surprisingly like the first. The Euro referendum resembles the Scottish in disconcerting ways. The […]

Policy Referendums and Buses Come in Twos


Anton Muscatelli Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     Universities in Scotland and the UK benefit massively from our membership of the EU. The evidence is […]

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