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In a guest blog, Frank Barry, Professor of International Business & Development at Trinity College Dublin, looks at the history of the Republic of Ireland’s economic policy and lessons for an independent Scotland.

Ireland’s separation from the United Kingdom in 1922 was achieved under very different circumstances from those prevailing today. Westminster had refused to accept the wishes of the Irish electorate as expressed in the 1918 General Election because of the consequences that the British government thought this would have had for the future of the Empire. 

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Oxford journal features ESRC teams’ economic work

The latest Oxford Review of Economic Policy features the work of ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland teams who have focused on the economic dimension of the independence debate.

Professor Ewart Keep of the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, at Oxford University, looks at the findings of the Scottish Government-commissioned review of workplace policies, chaired by Jim Mather, which were published on August 13th.

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David Eiser discusses the Scottish Economic Society and University of Stirling economists latest book which aims to bring together economic research that informs the debate, and presents it in a clear and succinct fashion.

It has been another week where economic issues have been at the fore of the independence debate, including the acknowledgment for the first time by the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that the central bank has been contingency planning for the outcome of the referendum.

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This week, we are highlighting the contributions of our fellows to Scotland's Decision: 16 Questions to think about for the referendum on 18 September.  Today’s topic is prospects for business and competition.

The book is available as a free download.

Our experts look at two questions under this heading:

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  • 18th May 2018

    Different political actors have responded to the decision by the Scottish Parliament to withhold its consent for the UK Government’s showpiece EU (Withdrawal) Bill in very different ways. Prof Nicola McEwen sifts the facts from the hyperbole and explains where we are and where we go from here.

  • 15th May 2018

    On 8 May the UK’s House of Lords passed an amendment to require the House of Commons to vote on remaining in the European Economic Area (EEA), the possibility of Britain adopting the so-called ‘Norway model’ is back on the agenda of British politics. Here the authors of Squaring the Circle on Brexit: Could the Norway Model Work?, John Erik Fossum and Hans Petter Graver, give some background to Norway’s relationship with the European Union and reveal the truth behind some common myths about the Norway model.

  • 4th May 2018

    The Sewel Convention has historically worked well, says Michael Keating, but Brexit will put it to the test.

  • 3rd May 2018

    Amendments to controversial Clause 11 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill were agreed in the House of Lords yesterday evening, following a deal between the UK and Welsh governments last week. Jack Sheldon and Mike Kenny explain the significance of this agreement for the UK as a whole and outline a number of unresolved issues it raises.

  • 2nd May 2018

    The hesitant progress of Brexit legislation through Westminster has provided parliament with an opportunity to show its teeth and, says Tobias Lock, it demonstrates that the legislature has bite as well as bark.

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