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Allen,A.D (2012) Buying Votes, Building Identities: Federal Social Policy Responses to Sub-State Nationalism in Québec. American Review of Canadian Studies. 42 2 210-235.

Cohen, B.J and Rønning, W. (forthcoming 2014) ‘Education in Norway and Scotland: Developing and Re-forming the systems’ in  Bryden, J. Riddoch,L. and Brox,O. Northern Neighbours. Norway and Scotland since the Middle Ages.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

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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 the what sort of Scotland might we see post referendum? The book is available as a free download.

Thinking about ‘what sort of Scotland’ we might see after the referendum, our experts explore the following:

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There has been a notable shift in the Better Together campaign in recent weeks. The Labour Party appears to be finding its voice, while the UK government, recognising that its own interventions may be counter-productive, appears to have vacated some space to allow Labour’s big hitters to come to the fore.

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Re-thinking Welfare: Fair, Personal and Simple

This is the 2nd report of the Expert Working Group on Welfare looking at the medium and long term options for welfare in an independent Scotland.

Last year, the Group published their first report. In that they scrutinised the Scottish Government’s work on assessing the cost of benefit payments in an independent Scotland and the delivery of those payments.

Political scientists have long known that winning elections is often not a matter of having detailed policies and distinguishing oneself from one’s opponents. Instead, it is a matter of seizing ownership of issues on which there is broad agreement and defining them on your own terms. So historically, the Conservatives have ‘owned’ the issue of law and order, until New Labour tried to edge in. Conversely, Labour has usually owned the NHS, forcing the Conservatives to assure electors that it is safe in their hands.

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Scotland analysis: Work and pensions paper


This paper examines what Scottish independence would mean for social security – including state, private and public sector pensions – and supporting people into work. It sets out the current UK-wide arrangements and how they provide targeted and effective support to pensioners, jobseekers, employers and those needing support from the social security system. It highlights:

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