Economic analyses and critiques, including a focus on sustainability, inclusive growth and the community economy.

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Regulatory Policy and an Independent Scotland

This paper was presented at the Policy Scotland Public Debate at the University of Glasgow on December 4 by Josef Konvitz, Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow, and Visiting Professor, Cities Group, Geography, King’s College London This presentation will address what Scotland must do and could do to assume sovereign regulatory responsibilities. This is not only…

The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence: Appeal for a ‘yes’ vote

Dr Thomas Lundberg, Lecturer (Politics), 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 that many of these aspirations are…

Public Debate: Regulation in an Independent Scotland

Policy Scotland‘s second public debate, this time on Regulation in an Independent Scotland. The debate will address issues such as: What kind of regulatory frameworks will Scotland need to maximise its economic performance? What aspects of the economy should Scotland regulate itself, or jointly with rUK? How will be financial sector be regulated in a…

Bedroom tax may save less than estimated as tenants move to the private sector

Research into the first five months of the implementation of the Social Rented Sector Size Criterion underoccupation penalty, popularly known as the ‘Bedroom Tax’,  suggested ministers may have significantly overestimated the savings it is likely to generate. The analysis – which ran real data collected by four housing associations since April through a model used in…