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The Scottish Indyref, one year on

Ariana Giovannini

Devolution in England ignores the key lessons from Scotland’s referendum One year has passed since the Scottish independence referendum took place. Although in the end the people of Scotland voted against self-government, the so-called ‘Indyref’ shook up not only the Scottish but also the wider UK political and social landscape. Hence, on the first anniversary of such a momentous vote, … Continue reading

22 September 2015 by
Categories: Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 comment

‘Devo Manc’: ‘Northern Powerhouse’ or ‘Northern Poorhouse’?

Centralisation has certainly failed, but the promise of devolution to Greater Manchester is being massively hyped Manchester is a great world city which has long divided observers.  In the mid-nineteenth century, what was for de Tocqueville a ‘foul drain’ and for Taine ‘Babel built of brick’ was for the Edinburgh Review, by contrast, ‘foremost in the march of improvement, a … Continue reading

7 April 2015 by
Categories: Development, Economics, Politics and policy, Social science, SPERI Comment | Tags: , , , | 2 comments