Public policy blog

Welcome to the Stirling Public Policy Blog

Professor Judith Phillips, Deputy Principal (Research) It is my pleasure to write the first post for the University of Stirling Public Policy Blog. The blog will be a centre of expert comment and analysis on matters of interest to politicians and policymakers in Scotland, the UK, and around the world. Drawing on the expertise of

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Scotland’s Children Bill: why the law needs to protect the rights of the child when parents separate

Dr Fiona Morrison, Lecturer in Child Wellbeing and Protection, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Professor Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy, University of Edinburgh Divorce and separation affects many families, and following a breakup, most make their own arrangements about where children will live and how their relationships with each parent will work. But

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The Need for a Digital Tax

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling The origins of this post lie in early March when we were delighted, in what now seems another era, to host Helen Dickenson, the Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, at our Retail Futures event. She spoke on the topic

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The rise of extreme politics in a federation

Gianmarco Daniele, Assistant Professor, University of Milan Amedeo Piolatto, Ramon y Cajal Fellow, Autonomous University of Barcelona Willem Sas, Assistant Professor, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling Polarisation, populism, and extremism are on the rise on both sides of the Atlantic. This column focuses on the role of policies in multi-level federations (such as the

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The struggle against corruption in public life in modern Britain

Dr Ian Cawood, Associate Professor in History, Faculty of Arts and Humanities Dr Ian Cawood explores the findings of a conference funded by the British Academy which looked at why the quality of governance in the UK seemed to improve dramatically between 1800 and 1900. Historians working on the campaigns against civic corruption in modern

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Coronavirus: why managed alcohol programmes are essential for problem drinkers who are homeless

Dr Tessa Parkes,Research Director, Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling Dr Hannah Carver, Lecturer in Substance Use, Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling Tania Browne, Research Assistant, Salvation Army Centre for Addiction Services and Research, University of Stirling People who are homeless are being particularly

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Scots Hate Crime Bill: A Missed (Gender) Opportunity?

Dr Kim Barker, Lecturer in Law, University of Stirling Dr Olga Jurasz, Senior Lecturer in Law, The Open University Law Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill On 23 April 2020, the Scottish Government introduced the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill. The Bill comes after the Bracadale Review into hate crime legislation in

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What Should We Value about Retailing and Towns and What Should We Do About Them?

Professor Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies, Institute for Retail Studies, Stirling Management School “If they look beyond heroic individualism and accept that individuals exist in a network of social bonds and obligations, we might just see a real realignment” (James Kirkup, Why did Boris Johnson survive? Unherd, 15th April 2020) Ok, the quote above

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One Way Ticket?

Professor Iain Docherty, Dean of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Stirling Dr Tom Forth, Head of Data, Open Data Institute Leeds “In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”― Bertrand Russell We have become used to astounding numbers

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Seeing a daily coronavirus death toll might actually make us take more risks

Dr David Comerford, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Stirling Management School Dr Simon McCabe, Lecturer in Management, Work and Organisation, Stirling Management School People are currently being bombarded with reports of the daily death toll from coronavirus. Practically every news website and channel displays the number prominently at all times. These figures provide important data to

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