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Flawed Barnett formula protects against cuts

A report published today by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies argues that the 'Barnett formula' is flawed - protecting Scotland and Northern Ireland from hundreds of millions of cuts.

Scotland puzzle

Referendum reflections

As the dust settles after the momentous referendum on Scotland’s independence, academics involved with the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme evaluate what the referendum result means for Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Housing

Little impact on rent from benefit cuts

Reduction in housing benefit has had little impact on rents in the private sector, but some claimants have chosen to move to lower-rent areas or smaller properties, according to an analysis by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies and research partners.

Social media 'like'

Connecting with voters through social media

Despite the focus on how social media can mobilise voters. research shows that more traditional face-to-face and phone techniques remain much more powerful in getting voters to the polls.

Scotland puzzle

Towards independence?

Dr Nicola McEwen, Associate Director of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change, analyses the Scottish Government's White Paper Scotland's Future, which builds the case for an independent Scotland around the themes of democracy, fairness, and economic prosperity.

Europe

Choosing wisely

Professor Anand Menon, research co-ordinator for the ESRC initiative on 'The UK in a Changing Europe', discusses the UK’s complicated relationship with Europe and the possible outcomes of a referendum on EU membership.

China-Russia gears

Soaring dragon, stumbling bear

Research supported by Warwick's ESRC Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy show that the Soviet Union initially tried similar economic reforms as China - but without the same success.

Scotland map

Show us the money, say Scottish voters

New results from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey, funded by the ESRC and carried out by ScotCen Social Research, suggest it's the economic consequences that matters the most to people.

Mind the gap sign

Inequality after independence?

Becoming independent will not give Scotland much more leverage to tackle inequality than currently, new research from the Future of the UK and Scotland programme suggests.

Choice road sign

Questions of independence

Today we’re one year away from the referendum on Scottish independence, and the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps are drawing up the battle lines. But in the great debate some issues are less discussed than others.

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