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The Private/Public Sector Divide – Professor Sir Donald MacKay

It has long been a cornerstone of the UK’s political economy that social and economic cohesion may require some redistribution from higher to lower income regions. This should meet two objectives – to provide lower income regions with an appropriate provision of public services in the here and now; and a further transfer of income […]

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The growing impact of social enterprises in Scotland – Duncan Thorp

Social enterprises have a long and rich history in Scotland. They’re very much a part of the fabric of our local communities, particularly in rural and remote areas. But it’s only quite recently that we’ve begun to see widespread public awareness and a real interest in what they’re achieving for people and for our economy.

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It is Time to Close the Gap Between Transport Policy and Delivery – Derek Halden

For more than 20 years transport policy has stated one thing, and transport delivery has gone a different way. Governments have said they want to improve transport to make a wealthier, healthier, more inclusive, smarter, greener and stronger society. However national statistics show that road congestion has grown, transport emissions have risen, people have become

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The Great Recession – Professor Sir Donald MacKay

This blog examines the nature of “The Great Recession” which was determined largely by failures in UK macroeconomic policy and financial regulation in the “noughties.” It must be said, however, that the subsequent recovery has confounded those who argue that macoeconomic management has suffered from undue “austerity.”  The recovery has been driven by supply side

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Power of Scotland: Energy Policy in Scotland – Stuart Paton

This post by Stuart Paton, which first appeared in the Sunday Times on 13 September 2015, is a summary of a chapter from a forthcoming publication, ‘Reforming Scotland’, produced by Reform Scotland. The recent outrage expressed by the First Minister and Scottish Energy Minister over onshore wind farm subsidies and planned closure of Longannet power station highlight the

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