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The Government of Scotland: Public Policy Making After Devolution

The Government of Scotland: Public Policy Making After Devolution

by Michael Keating


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The Government of Scotland: Public Policy Making After Devolution

This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. It identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policymaking, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories.

Case studies of policymaking in urban and rural policy, education, social inclusion, and economic development allow the reader to see policymaking in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in U.K. and European policy networks. Comparisons are made with other devolved governments in Europe and beyond.

The book is based on extensive research, including interviews with leaders of interest groups, politicians and officials across the Scottish Executive and in the Scottish Parliament, an analysis of spending patterns, an examination of the legislative output, and case studies of policymaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780748618224
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Keating is professor of regional studies at the European University Institute and professor of Scottish politics at the University of Aberdeen.

Table of Contents

Expanded Contents List vi

List of Tables and Figures ix

Preface xi

1 Public Policy and Devolution 1

2 The New Scottish Political System 17

3 Publics, Parties and Elections 44

4 The Policy Environment 77

5 Government and Parliament 110

6 Intergovernmental Policy Making 138

7 Getting and Spending 168

8 Policy Making in Practice 202

9 New Politics, New Policies? 254

Bibliography 263

Index 281

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