The Scottish National Party’s economic prospectus for independence: out with the old?

Roy, G. (2022) The Scottish National Party’s economic prospectus for independence: out with the old? Political Quarterly, 93(1), pp. 87-94. (doi: 10.1111/1467-923X.13101)

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Nicola Sturgeon has promised to restart work on the prospectus for independence. The economic arguments will once again be central. The fact that the macroeconomic, constitutional and political context has changed markedly since 2014 offers the SNP an opportunity to reset its pitch to the people of Scotland. But, it faces huge challenges in doing so, particularly within the timescale the First Minister has set for a second referendum. Some of these challenges reflect a weaker economic outlook than seven years ago. But, holding together a more diverse Yes campaign on key issues such as currency is arguably an even greater challenge. In refreshing its vision of independence, the SNP can take a more far-sighted approach than is possible in most elections. If it can complement this with a credible—albeit tough—transition plan, it not only stands a better chance of winning, but will force unionists to re-think their own strategy.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Professor Graeme
Authors: Roy, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Political Quarterly
ISSN (Online):1467-923X
Published Online:06 January 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Political Quarterly 93(1):87-94
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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