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Independent Scotland is an economic opportunity for the north of England

Shared economic interests mean Scottish independence could enhance not threaten the north’s economy. This must be part of the independence debate There is a widely taken-for-granted assumption that independence for Scotland would be broadly bad for the economic interests of the north of England. In fact, it is an assumption made so readily and which is so rarely challenged that … Continue reading

26 May 2017 by
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Is there a Scottish economic model?

Ewan Gibbs

Nicola Sturgeon is keen to emphasis a distinctive Scottish model – yet the SNP’s style and rhetoric differ from the substance and reality of Scotland’s economy Last November Professor Tony Payne introduced Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, before she delivered SPERI’s Annual Lecture, by highlighting how the vision for Scotland she set out in the 2015 general election represented a … Continue reading

5 January 2017 by
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New Brief: Scotland and the North of England: Sub-national economic development and the UK’s finance-led growth model

A new SPERI British Political Economy Brief ‘Scotland and the North of England’, published today, compares economic development in Scotland and the North of England since the creation of the Scottish parliament in 1999. Authored by Scott Lavery, the Brief focuses on two major sectors – finance and manufacturing – and shows that despite enjoying distinct ‘devolved’ policymaking competences, Scotland’s economic trajectory since … Continue reading

27 November 2016 by
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SPERI annual lecture with Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Date: Monday 7 November 2016 Time: 6pm Venue: The Octagon, The University of Sheffield S10 2TQ SPERI is delighted and privileged to welcome Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, to deliver the annual lecture titled Scotland and the UK: Economic Policy after the EU Referendum. Watch the event live You can watch the SPERI annual lecture from 6pm on Monday. Follow … Continue reading

5 October 2016 by
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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
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Independence by increments’

Paul Sutton

The SNP still pushes ‘full fiscal autonomy’ even though this will make Scotland worse off financially The Scotland Bill to provide greater powers to the Scottish Parliament is currently before the House of Commons.  It is the product generally of the final stages of the Scottish independence referendum, when the leaders of the UK Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties … Continue reading

5 August 2015 by
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Britain’s future referendum on EU membership: lessons from Scotland

Jim Buller

Economic arguments in favour of Europe may not resonate with a sceptical public ‘If anyone thinks after this that an EU referendum is a good idea, they must be off their heads’ (Better Together campaigner, quoted here). Last month, after a vibrant and passionate referendum campaign, the Scots voted to stay in the UK by a majority of 55 to … Continue reading

4 December 2014 by
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Social democracy and Scottish independence

James Stafford

The ‘radical’ proponents of Scottish independence dramatically overstated its potential to transform Britain’s broken political economy Throughout the debate surrounding Scottish independence, social democratic defenders of the Union suffered from what Ben Jackson has described as ‘cognitive dissonance’.  Across many parts of the Yes campaign, powerful arguments were advanced, many of them familiar to readers of this blog, critiquing Britain’s … Continue reading

20 November 2014 by
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Where now for Scottish devolution?

Paul Sutton

A number of distinct formats are on the table, all different from federalism The votes are now in and Scotland has decided against independence. But the issues that prompted the referendum have not gone away. Instead, they have been recast in the form of devolution and federalism – for Scotland and the rest of the UK. On these questions the … Continue reading

22 September 2014 by
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Scotland can do better than ‘tartanised’ neoliberalism

Craig Berry

The SNP has failed to offer a meaningful alternative to the UK’s flawed economic model – a view from Northern England If I were Scottish, I genuinely don’t know how I would vote in the upcoming independence referendum.  After centuries of subservience to the London metropolis, the lure of self-rule must be extremely tempting.  Yet, as a non-Scot, I’m desperately … Continue reading

9 September 2014 by
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Scotland, England and currency union – or two bald men and a comb

Craig Berry

The phoney currency debate in Scotland relies on misunderstanding and is helping to marginalise the real alternatives Craig Berry and Richard Berry   The intervention from senior UK politicians on the SNP’s plans for a currency union, allowing Scotland to retain sterling post-independence, appears to have backfired for the Better Together campaign. Ed Balls and Danny Alexander both backed George … Continue reading

18 March 2014 by
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