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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.

CIPFA asks tough questions on a future balance sheet for Scotland

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIFPA) Scotland has today released a substantial report The Scottish Referendum: Scotland’s future in the balance which addresses tough questions around the future financing of an independent Scotland.

The report for the first time considers what a balance sheet for the current devolved Scottish public sector might look like and examines in detail the questions around Scotland’s current financial position and the future financial sustainability of Scotland.

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