Reflections on the pro-union and pro -independence contributions to the Fraser Economic Commentary and on proposals for enhanced devolution of economic powers to Scotland

Goudie, Andrew (2014) Reflections on the pro-union and pro -independence contributions to the Fraser Economic Commentary and on proposals for enhanced devolution of economic powers to Scotland. Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, 38 (1). pp. 68-75. ISSN 2046-5378

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    Abstract

    This second paper briefly reflects on two specific contributions to the debate by representatives of each of the Referendum campaigns. They appeared in the FAI Economic Commentary, March 2014 Vol 37 (3): the first written by John Swinney, MSP, and the second by Professor Jim Gallagher. In particular, the paper considers the extent to which these two contributions address the challenges presented by the Six Tests, set out in Goudie (2013), with their emphasis on how effectively different constitutional propositions might stand up to the key economic challenges over the longer term. To date, the independence agenda has been articulated to a far greater degree than the agenda that might drive enhanced devolution within the union. The paper, therefore, turns to the propositions of enhanced devolution and some of the crucial issues that must be more systematically addressed in the event that this form of constitutional transformation is preferred in the Referendum.