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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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Scotch mist: Brexit and independence

Paul Sutton

The SNP is using the uncertainty caused by Brexit to remake the case for independence – yet the warning signs about Scotland’s economy should already be on In her recent SPERI Annual Lecture Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister for Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), cited a report by Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander Institute which estimated that … Continue reading

24 November 2016 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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Why the North, why now, and what’s new?: Part II

Craig Berry

Osborne’s plans spell ‘devo-danger’ for the left in Northern England Devo-Manc, and its equivalents in the other regions of Northern England that will surely follow, is being sold as a key element in the creation of George Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’.  In the first of these posts, I argued that Labour’s future might depend on rekindling Northern England’s ‘inner powerhouse’.  Here, … Continue reading

11 June 2015 by
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Prospects for Britain’s socially and territorially fractured polity

Colin Hay

It’s still a ‘good election to lose, but too important not to win’ Between 24.4% and 27.5%, I reckon, of Britain’s registered voters are passably happy with the outcome of the 2015 General Election – 27.5% if you think SNP supporters are content, 24.4% if you think contentedness is confined to Tory supporters living (almost exclusively, but not quite) south … Continue reading

2 June 2015 by
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Interpreting the SNP’s landslide

The election outcome in Scotland challenges the UK political establishment to respond to the multinational character of the state Last week’s General Election transformed the Scottish political landscape.  It finally ended 60 years of Labour Party dominance of Scottish politics and revealed the heterogeneity of UK politics in all its complex glory. The Conservatives had long since ceased to be … Continue reading

15 May 2015 by
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Election 2015: not a good one to win … but too important to lose

Colin Hay

In these circumstances there is no good excuse for not voting, and for not voting extremely wisely Winning elections in Britain is becoming ever more of a poison chalice.  It does not take a great deal of hindsight to see that neither 2005 nor 2010 were especially good to win.  As many saw even at the time, 2005 was the … Continue reading

4 March 2015 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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Is neoliberalism at last unravelling in Britain?

Tony Payne

The crisis of the British political economy has now become an urgent crisis also for British politics I just don’t understand why mainstream political commentators in Britain are not shouting about it in every column and appearance on radio and television.  But it can be said in no uncertain terms on the SPERI blog: the unfolding crisis of the British … Continue reading

5 November 2014 by
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‘Tartan neoliberalism’ isn’t driving the campaign for Scottish independence

Scott Lavery

There is instead the prospect of a re-awakened social democracy In his blog posted two days ago, Craig Berry states that ‘cold-hearted analysis of Britain’s political economy’ has led him to advocate a ‘No’ vote in the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum.  His argument is that the SNP’s ‘tartanised neoliberalism’ will ultimately entrench an independent Scotland’s ‘subservience’ to the UK’s finance-led … Continue reading

11 September 2014 by
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