Policy Referendums and Buses Come in Twos

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 Leave camp have borrowed the…

Why the EU Matters for Our Universities

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 unequivocal.   Scotland’s universities receive…

Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform: Next Steps

This summarises the key issues identified by each discussion group during the break-out sessions of the Supporting Migrants in Welfare Reform workshop, held on 11th November 2015 at the Olympia Building, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow. This event was run in partnership with GRAMNet. The event began with presentations from Henri Krishna (CPAG Scotland), Dr Holly Porteous (Swansea…

Podcast: Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster on the financial crisis in Europe

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.

Investors versus the State: can the TTIP be fair?

By Dr. Evgeny Postnikov, Lecturer in International Political Economy, University of Glasgow MT As the negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States are continuing, the question of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is becoming a major roadblock on the way to the agreement. No other…

The Junker Commission: politics, European style

By Myrto Tsakatika 7/1/14 Myrto Tsakatika is Senior Lecturer in European Politics at Glasgow University, seconded to Policy Scotland for 2014-2015. She co-convenes the South European Research Network (SERN). Speaking after the new European Commission’s approval by the European Parliament, the President, Jean Claude Junker described his Commission as a ‘last chance’ Commission with a…

Why the Single Supervisory Mechanism is European economic integration’s biggest step since the creation of the euro

By Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Fellow at the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School The Single Supervisory Mechanism, or SSM, entered into force on 3 November 2014. The SSM is the mechanism by which the European Central Bank takes now responsibility to monitor the participating banks, mostly from Eurozone members. This represents…