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Economy

We currently live in a neoliberal capitalist society, dominated by trade and free markets. Understanding the mechanisms and key elements of these markets are therefore crucial towards establishing a fair and equitable global economy.

Overcoming the Implementation Challenges of Universal Basic Income

Universal Basic Income (UBI) has gained popularity in recent decades as a possible solution to problems arising from changing labour relationships, technological automation, and increasing economic inequality. Despite considerable advocation, scholarship has largely neglected to identify that such a policy will carry certain implementation challenges that differ from existing social assistance programmes.

A Case for Universal Basic Income

The policy aims to refocus the government's approach to drug abuse from one of criminalisation to one palliative care. The first semester was spent updating the policy recommendations and reviewing the policy for general coherence. The objectives going forward are heavily geared towards lobbying. This includes starting grassroots engagement and moving towards a policy change within the Edinburgh city council.

Food for a Wellbeing Economy

How is the cost of food defined? How do you know if the food that is personally 'cheap' for you is not socially and environmentally expensive? This policy proposal focuses on the True Cost Accounting system as a means to a more nutritious, sustainable food security vision that can be foundational for the Scottish wellbeing economy.

An Independent Scotland and the EU

If Scotland votes 'Yes' on 18 Sept 2014, what kind of relationship would it have with the rest of Europe? The Buchanan Institute tackles this crucial question in Buchanan's first research piece. Many thanks to Dr. Daniel Kenealy for his support as the academic mentor on this project.