The argument in support of Scottish independence

Smith, Mark (2014) The argument in support of Scottish independence. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 13 (2). ISSN 1478-1840

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In this contribution to the debate I trace distinctive strands in a Scottish approach to social welfare. I make a case that manifestations of a Scottish approach are, however, susceptible to the vagaries of political decisions and directions emanating from Westminster. I go on to argue that, regardless of any political will to assert a Scottish model of social welfare, the ability to do so is fatally compromised within the current political settlement (and indeed within any proposed settlement involving less than independence) by the lack of access to the economic levers required to see through the implications of progressive social policies. This is the academic gist of my case. But there is also another side to it, one that aspires to a better future for Scotland’s children, for their parents and for their communities; a future based upon hope rather than fear.

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