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English Votes for English Laws

by Prof. Adam Tomkins, John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow MPs return to Westminster in a couple of weeks. Among the constitutional matters competing for their attention will be “English votes for English laws”. This has been a contested and troublesome area of constitutional reform for the Government. Here are my…

Urban Land Reform

URBAN LAND REFORM IN SCOTLAND – updated 03/11 – new Briefing Paper: response to Scottish Government Report to Sounding Board In May 2014, the Land Reform Review Group submitted its final report to the Scottish Government. The First Minister announced in November 2014 that the Government would consequently bring forward a Land Reform Bill, which…


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Submission on Local Tax Reform

A Written Submission to the Commission on Local Tax Reform The following was submitted as written evidence by Policy Scotland (written by Ken Gibb and Linda Christie). We answered three questions which are reprinted below. Question One: Scotland’s Current System of Council Tax To what extent does the current system of council tax deliver a fair and…

Free Event: Benefit Sanctions, retrospect & prospects

BENEFIT SANCTIONS: RETROSPECT & PROSPECTS Dr David Webster, University of Glasgow 16:15 – 17:30, Monday 1st June Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre B (room 412) This seminar will present a critical analysis of the UK system of benefit ‘sanctions’. These are financial penalties imposed by officials on claimants of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance…


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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.


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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…


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Thursday Video: Breannon Babbel – The role of GPs in Health Inequality

This week’s Policy Scotland Friday Video features Breannon Babbel, Urban Studies researcher at the University of Glasgow. Breannon talks to us about her research and fieldwork with General Practitioners in deprived areas of Glasgow, and how their experiences can help shape policies that address health inequality across Scotland and the UK.


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Thursday Video: Kainde Manji discusses welfare and disabilities in Scotland

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.