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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 ...


Wednesday 11 November, 14:00 – 16:30 Glasgow Centre for Population Health offices, Olympia Building (third floor), Bridgeton Cross Eventbrite registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-migrants-in-welfare-reform-tickets-19167438324 This workshop seeks to explore the impacts of welfare reform on migrants in Scotland. It brings together insights into the experiences of migrants and of those working in the […]

Event: Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform


Tuesday 27th October 18:00 – 19:10 University of Glasgow, Gannochy Seminar Room 3 – Wolfson Medical Building Eventbrite Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/work-capability-assessment-what-now-tickets-19040899844 Controversies and flaws in the Work Capability Assessment are by now well documented, with a large percentage of those declared ‘fit for work’ successfully appealing. In 2014, the Scottish Government’s […]

Event: Work Capability Assessment: What Now?



Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place. The research undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University over the last three years has led the way in documenting the financial losses at the […]

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: Lots of pain ...


By Professor Ken Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland The media covered Reform Scotland‘s contribution to the local tax debate yesterday. This was a welcome contribution to the aims of tax reform situated much more squarely in thinking about the wider role of local government in modern Scotland. Central to their case […]

Local Tax Reform: God and the Devil in the Details


The Impact of Welfare Reform on Scotland Monday 21st September, 14:00 – 16:00 The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU   This is a half-day seminar convened to consider four reports on the impact of welfare reform commissioned by the Scottish Parliament from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of […]

Event: The Impact of Welfare Reform on Scotland



In this Policy Scotland podcast, we talk to Urban Studies postgraduate researcher, Kainde Manji, about her work on welfare reforms and people living with disabilities in Scotland.  

Kainde Manji on Welfare and Disabilities in Scotland


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 ...


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.

Silvia Walby: ‘Making Sense of the Crisis: Is the financial ...



In the first of our Friday Video series, we talk to Urban Studies postgraduate researcher, Kainde Manji, about her work on welfare reforms and people living with disabilities in Scotland.

Thursday Video: Kainde Manji discusses welfare and disabilities in Scotland


This podcast is the first in a series of three podcasts on Welfare Reform, recorded at the Launch of the Welfare Reform Network. In this episode, Carla McCormack of the Poverty Alliance speaks on “The Impact of Sanctions in Scotland”.

Podcast: Carla McCormack – “The Impact of Sanctions in Scotland”


This podcast is the second in a series of three podcasts on Welfare Reform, recorded at the Launch of the Welfare Reform Network. In this episode, Dr Sharon Wright of the University of Glasgow speaks on “Sanctions in policy and practice”. This podcast is also available to download via iTunes and other Podcast providers.

Podcast: Dr. Sharon Wright – ‘Sanctions in policy and practice’



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



Photo Credit: Lending Memo By Sayantan Ghosal, University of Glasgow Originally published in  After a relatively benign period, market upheaval has returned. The main stock market indices have been falling across Asia, Europe and the US, while safe-haven assets like gold have been on the rise. This follows a slow […]

The main reason markets are falling? The future looks gloomier ...



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 ...