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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 international role an independent Scotland might have.The book is available as a free download.

Our experts look at three questions on the international dimensions of the independence debate:

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Academics gathered in Edinburgh to discuss the concept of borders. Dani Cetra sums up the event. The full report of the event is available for download.

Dr Dennis Novy (University of Warwick and CEPR) - "Estimating Border Effects: The Impact of Geographic Aggregation"

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The Yes and No camps are busy telling us that Scotland will be made better or worse off as a result of independence.  What they both seem to assume is that “what is best for Scotland?” is the relevant question to ask.  But why?  The referendum will have an impact on people beyond Scotland’s borders.  So isn’t the relevant question to ask, “what is best for everyone affected by the referendum, wherever they live?” Clearly, the outsiders who will be most affected are those living in the rest of the UK.  In the event of a Yes victory, politics within the rest of the UK is set for a shake up. 

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A previous piece on the potential for “A Scottish Nordic Model” outlined how the Nordic states developed their particular brand of social democratic social investment states commonly lauded as “The Nordic Model”.  I don’t want to repeat those arguments, but I do wish to add a little more to those ideas.

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The Results

Last Monday, the centre-right and federalist Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) won a clear majority victory and the centre-left sovereignist Parti Québécois (PQ) suffered a historical defeat. Philippe Couillard will be the new premier of Quebec.

The PQ held a minority government and had called the election in a bid to turn it into a majority, but in light of the results the head of the party Pauline Marois, who failed to win her own seat, resigned.

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