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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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Arkadiusz Wiśniowski in the Washington Post: Referendum result 'too close to call'

Arkadiusz Wiśniowski, Research Fellow at the ESRC Research Centre for Population Change (CPC) at the University of Southampton was published by the Washington Post's The Monkey Cage blog. In the post, he shares the work conducted by the Centre and outlines the model used to predict the referendum result. 

Charlie Jeffery discusses how both sides in the debate see Scotland’s constitutional future in different ways.

It is striking how insular Scotland’s constitutional debate is. Both sides in the debate see Scotland’s constitutional future in different ways as bound up firmly in relationships with the rest of the UK.

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James Mitchell looks at how the referendum has captured the attention of voters on social media and at public events across the country, asking whether this might indicate an increase in civic engagement beyond the referendum.

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  • 18th December 2018

    Aileen McHarg looks at last week’s decision by the Supreme Court in the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill reference which demonstrates both the strength and the weakness of Holyrood as a legislature.

  • 17th December 2018

    The Supreme Court's ruling on the Scottish Continuity Bill gave both sides something but acknowledged that the vast bulk of the Bill was within Holyrood's competence at the time it was passed however, suggests Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, the strong feeling that devolved interests are not taken seriously highlights underlying fractures within the Union.

  • 14th December 2018

    Disagreements about the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland are about more than practical considerations of where customs checks should be performed, says Michael Keating.

  • 14th December 2018

    Derek MacKay’s third budget of this parliamentary session was doomed to be overshadowed by events at Westminster.

  • 12th December 2018

    Although the N-VA has insisted it left the Belgian government to pursue ’principled opposition’ those principle are, says Coree Brown Swan, at the very least informed by a strategy that allows it to maintain policy influence from outside government while countering the electoral threat posed by a resurgent Vlaams Belang.

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