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ESRC fellows assess the possible political and economic implications of Chancellor George Osborne's Edinburgh speech, scheduled for Thursday, 13 February. In the speech, the Chancellor is expected to assess the possibility of a currency union.

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In an effort to broaden the debate, we've asked two prominent figures in Scottish arts and culture to address the theme How could a Yes or a No vote help Scotland cope better with the future? In this feature, sci-fi writer Ken MacLeod and musician Pat Kane will present their cases. They haven't seen each others contributions beforehand. 
 
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 Coree Brown rounds-up the blogs of January, which cover a number of topics including constitutional issues associated with the vote, alternative proposals for devolution, and the nature of Britishness. 
 
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January has proved a busy month for activities surrounding the referendum. We've updated our research briefings with the latest.
 
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Coree Brown rounds up the latest blogs on the Scottish independence debate. This week's summary includes features on implications of independence for Scotland and the UK, reflections on Europe and 
 
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Coree Brown rounds up the latest blog posts of interest. This month's feature focuses on responses to Scotland's Future.

At Open Democracy, Alys Mumford discusses the implications of the white paper for debt relief, international development, and global justice. Alys applauds the recognition of 'unjust debt' but details the challenges of ensuring policy coherence across government departments, particularly given the emphasis on exports.

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New calculations – based on forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) – suggest that an independent Scotland would face a budget deficit of 5.5% of GDP (£8.6 billion in today’s terms) in its first year of independence were it to inherit a population share of the UK’s national debt. T... Read more
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Our fellows have been hard at work bringing you rigorous, impartial analysis of the conclusions drawn by the Scottish Government and HM Treasury in their separate reports this week. In his blog, Charlie Jeffery discusses how the two reports got to the heart of the debate, in which voters’ perception... Read more
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New research by Dr A. Armstrong and Dr M. Ebell of NIESR entitled “Monetary Unions and Fiscal Constraints”, published in the National Institute Economic Review, 228, May 2014   Any negotiation to form a monetary union between two sovereign states substantially different in size, and each acting in t... Read more
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New analysis of Scottish Social Attitudes suggests voter participation may be key to campaign victory. New analysis of ScotCen’s Scottish Social Attitudes survey published today on whatscotlandthinks.org reveals that those who support Scottish independence are more likely to say they will vote in Se... Read more
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This report outlines the results of a survey of a representative sample of Scottish businesses designed by researchers at Stirling University in conjunction with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce Policy and Research Unit and carried out by Scottish Chambers of Commerce in March 2014. We examine the... Read more
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On Saturday 26 April 2014 Academics, politicians, and representatives of civil society gathered together in Glasgow to propose answers to the question, 'What happens if Scotland votes no?' They were joined by 200 members of the public for a day of questioning, engagement, and debate. Future of UK an... Read more
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On Saturday, 26 April, leading politicians, academics and representives of the third sector and civil society came together to explore the question of 'what happens if Scotland votes no?'. The conversation continues online, with blogs from our academics in response to the subject. Ahead of the event... Read more
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Ahead of our If No event this Saturday, our academic fellows respond to the question, 'what happens if Scotland votes no?'. To hear from them and politicians on both sides of the debate, register to attend our 26 April event in Glasgow.  John CurticePublic support for more devolution is not as stron... Read more
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Fitch Ratings has issued its report on UK: Rating Implications of Scottish Independence. The report explores the risk to the UK in the event of Scottish indepdence. The report acknowledges that the 'devil is in the detail', and the process and outcome of complex negotiations would impact the rating... Read more
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ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland researchers have contributed extensively to  the latest edition of Discover Society which focuses on the independence referendum. “It’s great to have  this opportunity to take part in Discover Society and highlight our teams’ work,” says Professor Charlie Jeffery,... Read more
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