Scotland's Decision: 16 Questions released

The ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme, the David Hume Institute and the Hunter Foundation are pleased to announce the publication of the ebook “Scotland’s Decision: 16 Questions to think about for the referendum on 18 September”. This publication brings together leading academic experts who have been researching aspects of the independence issue in an effort to inform voters as they prepare to cast their vote.

The book draws heavily on research carried out by the Future of the UK and Scotland Programme. We have taken sixteen questions which seem to us to be central to the referendum debate and asked our impartial experts to look at them. We do not aim to provide definitive answers – and we certainly do not intend to tell anyone how to vote – but rather to enable readers to better judge the claims that are made by either side. 

The book was conceived against the background of a poll commissioned by the Hunter Foundation which found that 56% of undecided voters don’t feel that they have enough impartial information to make a decision and 45% of all voters claim they don’t trust predictions made by the UK or Scottish Government. 

Topics covered include:

  • Economic prospects and currency arrangements for Scotland in the event of a yes vote
  • Risks and opportunities for business in an independent Scotland
  • The process of independence in the event of a yes vote and the powers on offer in event of a no vote
  • An independent Scotland’s role as a small state in a globalized world
  • The necessary defence arrangements for Scotland
  • Welfare policy and pensions

The book is available for download via Birlinn, the Hunter Foundation's website and Amazon UK but is also available as a free download for visitors to the Future of the UK and Scotland website.

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University of Edinburgh
3rd August 2014
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