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Event: 22-23 Jan 2015 – Devolution and federalism in a post-Referendum UK

Venue: Open University in Scotland, Edinburgh Time: 14:00-17:30 on Thursday 22nd Jan and 09:30-12:45 on Friday 23rd Jan 2015 Policy Scotland is delighted to be co hosting this workshop event with the Urban & Regional Economics Seminar Group and the Centre for Innovation Knowledge and Development (IKD) In January 2015. The workshop will examine the challenges facing…

Policy Scotland’s contribution to the Smith Commission Debate

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 Scottish Parliament, with the aim…


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Business regulation for an independent Scotland – a view from down under

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 ever changing global market conditions.…


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Equalities and the Referendum debate

On Thursday 3rd of April, we hosted a public debate about equalities and the referendum debate. We were delighted to welcome as speakers; Dr Lesley Orr – Woman of Influence of the Year 2012, , academic, feminist historian Roza Salih – VP Advocacy & Diversity, Student Representative Council , Strathclyde University Nazed Ramadan – Director of Migrant…

The film industry and Scottish independence

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 given to film. It is…

Call for Papers: Human rights in uncertain times: global essons for and from Scotland

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 role of human rights in evolving political,…


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A Viable Plan B?

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 become the defining issue in…

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

Dr Thomas Lundberg, Lecturer (Politics), The 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…