16 questions to think about

In August, we published Scotland’s Decision: 16 Questions to think about for the referendum on 18 September. With well over 60,000 downloads to date and coverage in major media outlets, the book has been well received for providing a non-partisan approach to the debate.

And in these crucial final days before the referendum it remains timely and useful for those making up their minds, or those outwith Scotland looking at What if Scotland votes yes? and What if Scotland votes no?

As ever, our team of experts have continued to blog about dominant themes in light of events in the referendum campaign.

As the polls narrowed this week, Charlie Jeffery revisited what happens if Scotland votes yes?

In light of proposals for further powers, Charlie Jeffery also looks at what powers might come to Scotland in the event of a no vote. Nicola McEwen assesses the feasibility of the timetable set forth by Gordon Brown for legislation devolving powers to Scotland, and Richard Wyn Jones explores how these proposals might be received in the other home nations.

What about the prospects for business and competition? Continuing his research on the opinions of businesses, Brad MacKay looks at how international financial analysts view the prospect of independence.

What is the economic outlook for Scotland? David Bell examines job creation in an independence scenario. David Eiser assesses the economic implications of independence and Alexander Kemp looks at what role oil might play in an independent Scotland’s balance sheet.

David Phillips explores NHS funding, while Kirstein Rummery asks whether healthcare and education would be ‘safe’, a topic also taken up by Paul Cairney.

What international role might Scotland play? Michael Keating reflects on the implications for Ireland of an independence vote while Ailsa Henderson looks to the 1995 Quebecois referendum for lessons. Michael Keating also continues his analysis of the issue of EU membership. And Brad MacKay speaks to diplomats about their perspectives on the Scottish vote.

Turning to defence and security issues, Colin Fleming evaluates the debate thus far on defence, NATO and Trident. In a guest post, Hugh Chalmers looks at the future of Trident. And Andrew Neal assesses the potential for democratic oversight over intelligence and security.

And what sort of Scotland might we see post-referendum?

Charlie Jeffery says that local democracy might be the winner, whatever the outcome of the vote. On a similar theme, James Mitchell evaluates the success of island communities in engaging in the debate, while Nicola McEwen discusses the role of citizens. Kirstein Rummery focuses on constitutional provisions for any independent Scotland.

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Coree Brown Swan's picture
University of Edinburgh
14th September 2014

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