Scottish Independence Vote Experts Available

UCR economist and political scientist offer analysis of impact of Sept. 18 election

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Two internationally known scholars in economics and political science at the University of California, Riverside are available to comment on Thursday’s vote by Scottish voters to remain a part of the United Kingdom.

Anil Deolalikar

Anil Deolalikar

“It was just as well that Scotland rejected independence,” said Anil Deolalikar, a developmental economist and dean of the UCR School of Public Policy. “The experience of the last few years – in particular, that of the Southern European countries – has shown how difficult it is manage a country’s finances when you don’t have an independent currency over which you have control. The recession in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece was exacerbated in large part because their central banks were not able to adjust the value of the currency they were using – namely, the Euro. To the extent that an independent Scotland used the British pound as its official currency, it would have been vulnerable to the same problems that affected the Southern periphery of Europe.”

 

Shaun Bowler

Shaun Bowler

Shaun Bowler, distinguished professor of political science and associate dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, said the results produced a collective sigh of relief in the UK, and likely among leaders of the Scottish National Party, which campaigned for Scottish independence.

“There were a lot of nervous and anxious people in the UK yesterday,” he said. “UK political leaders were especially worried about losing, but SNP leaders had also seemed to have moments when  they were worried they might win and so have to come through on their promises.  The polls had seemed close and the stakes were high. Emotions ran high in the election and so the task now is to mend fences – both within Scotland  and between Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

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Anil Deolalikar
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