‘Five Years, that’s all we’ve got’: the Scottish election and challenges for the new Parliament

Ken Gibb, Policy Scotland Director Reposted from ‘Brick by Brick’ The views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow. Last month, the Additional Member System reasserted itself and ended majority government (just). The SNP continue in power but as a minority administration (just). One consequence expected from this turn…


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In or out? The European Union in the parties’ manifestos

By Dr. Marco Goldoni, Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Glasgow As it was predictable, most of the electoral campaign and the parties’ manifestos have focussed on one EU-related topic: the in/out referendum. This is not to say that other topics were completely absent, but one would have expected a wider debate, for…


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Thursday Video Election Special – Gender and the 2015 General Election Podcast

This is the last Friday before what is sure to be an historic UK General Election on 7 May 2015. To celebrate, Policy Scotland are replacing this week’s Friday Video with a special podcast from our interns, Sarah Hamlin and Amy Watson. In this podcast, Sarah and Amy have a look at issues relating to…


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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…