David Comerford

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University of Stirling Management School


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A large part of the purpose of the EU is the Single Market and Customs Union. This is essentially a free trade area in Europe, with no internal tariffs, and   with common standards and regulations that serve to minimise non-tariff barriers to trade. Non-tariff barriers are practices and rules like r... Read more
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Electricity network transmission charges are hardly the stuff of high political drama but, explains David Comerford, they are a reserved policy and, with thousands of jobs and the future of clean energy at stake, it's worthy of voters' attention.    A Scottish political issue, for which the responsi... Read more
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David Comerford discusses the latest IFS analysis of Scottish Government finances under so-called full fiscal autonomy. How did the SNP respond to these figures? The IFS has published an analysis of Scottish Government finances under so-called full fiscal autonomy, as called for in the SNP manifesto... Read more
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Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century was an improbable blockbuster. Dense with data and dotted with equations, it took the 2008-9 financial crisis, the subsequent austerity measures and growing concerns about rising inequality to propel this weighty work to the top of the bestsellers... Read more
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Many people have interpreted Gordon Brown’s comments prior to the referendum, as well as the so called “Vow” made in the Daily Record, as some commitment so “Devo Max”. My submission to The Smith Commission on further devolution for Scotland assumes that we are indeed aiming for the maximum level of... Read more
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David Comerford asks what do we look for as the early results are announced (council by council) to forecast the overall Yes or No result? Normally when watching election results come in, there are a few well known “bell-weather” results from which the overall result can be gauged. For the Independe... Read more
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David Comerford looks at the “Carbon Bubble” and whether Scotland is particularly exposed. In March this year, the Left Foot Forward blog claimed that “The fall-out from the carbon bubble bursting could devastate Scotland”. The issue has also been mentioned by Partick Harvie MSP of the Scottish Gree... Read more
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The ‘border effect’ is the observation that trade is higher within countries than between countries. If in the long run, the border between an independent Scotland and the rest of UK border affects trade like the current border between the Republic of Ireland and the UK, then we estimate costs at 5.... Read more
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This blog by David Comerford originally appeared on The Economics of Constitutional Change blog After the release of our paper, Funding Pensions in Scotland: Would Independence Matter?, I was called to the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster to give evidence. The most interesting issue that we... Read more
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The Centre for Cities released the Cities Outlook 2014, reporting that 80% of new private sector jobs over 2011-12 are in London, and that the migration of the young and skilled to London can indeed be broadly characterised as "London sucks in all of the talent". Other studies of UK cities are consi... Read more
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Latest blogs

  • 22nd March 2018

    The devolved legislatures’ ‘continuity’ legislation prepares their statute books for Brexit in the event of an ongoing impasse with the UK Government over the so-called ‘power grab’ in the EU Withdrawal Bill. Professor Nicola McEwen suggests these ongoing discussions and debates provide insight into the challenges and opportunities likely to shape ongoing intergovernmental relationships.

  • 22nd March 2018

    Two decades have passed since there was last a serious consideration of how the UK uses referendums. In the light of the Referendums of recent years, our colleagues at the Constitution Unit at UCL established the Independent Commission on Referendums. Ahead of a public event in Edinburgh, the Commission's research director, Dr Alan Renwick, explains its terms of reference.

  • 9th March 2018

    Stephen Hornsby, a partner at Goodman Derrick LLP, comments on Michael Keating's recent paper on the policy making implications of Brexit for agriculture in the UK.

  • 9th March 2018

    In response to the apparent surge in support for Corsican nationalists, President Macron has made it clear that Corsica will not be allowed to distinguish itself further from the rest of France. However, says Dr Alexendra Remond, support for autonomy may be symptomatic more of disenchantment with the status quo than of growing Corsican nationalism.

  • 2nd March 2018

    With little enough fanfare, Cabinet Office Minister David Liddington MP set out how Britain will operate post-Brexit. Prof Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon consider what he had to say.

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