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By Professor Jim Gallagher, University of Glasgow The dust has settled after all the hype of the referendum anniversary. So there may be scope for more sober reflection on its legacy, and what happens next for Scotland and the UK. I will argue in a lecture in Glasgow on 21 […]

Through a Glass Darkly: The Shape of Scotland’s Constitutional Future


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 ...


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?


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


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 ...



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 ...


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


The Glasgow Human Rights Network presents: Human Rights in Uncertain Times: Global Lessons for and from Scotland 29th and 30th May 2014 University of Glasgow Call for Papers The Glasgow Human Rights Network (GHRN) are hosting a 2-day conference in May 2014  and invite contributions from researchers and practitioners working on the status and […]

Call for Papers: Human rights in uncertain times: global essons ...



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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?