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In this fortnightly feature, Coree Brown rounds up the latest blogs from academics and commentators.
 
Writing at Political Insight, John Curtice discusses both the pragmatic and emotional elements of the independence debate, noting that Scots may face a conflict between their identity and their material interests.
 
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This week, both the Scottish Government and the UK Government have produced their analyses of energy prospects of an independent Scotland. The Scottish Government report, UK energy policy and Scotland’s contribution to security of supply, details Scotland's role the larger UK energy market. The repo... Read more
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The Irish President is making an historic official visit to the UK (April 8-11). President Michael D Higgins’ state reception is seen as a further example of the co-operation and closer relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.   Research Fellow Dr Nicola McEwen has been exploring those... Read more
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National Institute of Economic and Social Research at the Royal Economic Society Scottish Independence and its Macroeconomic Framework The National Institute of Economic and Social Research are hosting a Special Session on Scottish Independence and the Macroeconomic Framework at the Royal Economic S... Read more
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Green Yes, the Scottish Green Party’s campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, issued a report highlighting the choices an independent Scotland could take to create better jobs and grow emerging sectors of the economy.   The paper, titled “Jobs-rich, Fair and Flourishing: An Economy F... Read more
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Researchers from  the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland  teams will be presenting their research on Scotland’s economic outlook and the constitutional debate at  the Royal Economic Society's (RES) annual conference this Tuesday (8th April). The presentations will be webcast live from the University... Read more
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The Weir Group PLC (Weir) has published a report commissioned by the company and carried out by Oxford Economics which discussesses the potential implications for businesses in an independence scenario. The engineering firm sought to analyse the ramifications of independence on currency and funding... Read more
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The UK government's publicly declared  stance ruling out a currency union with any independent Scotland has been in the spotlight in recent days, and called into question. This follows the Guardian reporting an unnamed government minister as saying; 'Of course there would be a currency union,' noti... Read more
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Coree Brown rounds up the latest blogs and articles on the independence referendum.   At Politics in Spires, Nick Barber discusses the regulation of future referendums in the event of a no vote. He argues that the UK should ensure that a referendum is not a frequent event, writing 'Just because the... Read more
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What risks and opportunities does the independence referendum pose for businesses in Scotland? Are businesses planning for the referendum, and if they are, how? Is the constitutional debate impacting on business decisions? What decisions might be taken in different constitutional scenarios?   
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Prime Minister David Cameron was in Edinburgh yesterday to address the conference of Scottish Conservatives. In his speech, he addressed the need to make devolution work, arguing that 'A vote for No is not a vote for no change'. Further powers for Scotland, including taxation powers, in event of a n... Read more
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