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.
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.
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.