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The government of Scotland : public policy making after devolution /
Michael Keating.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2010.
description
xiii, 288 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0748638490 (pbk.), 9780748638499 (pbk.)
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imprint
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, c2010.
isbn
0748638490 (pbk.)
9780748638499 (pbk.)
general note
Previous ed.: 2005.
catalogue key
7101678
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and was previously Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. He has taught in several countries and published widely on nationalism, regionalism and public policy.
Reviews
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Second editions are often first editions plus some cosmetic changes and a few updates. Michael Keating's second edition of The Government of Scotland is much more than this. Of course it brings things up to date, including a nuanced analysis of the impact an SNP Government has had on politics and policy in Scotland. But it also develops much more strongly the theme of how politics and policy have become re-scaled within the state. Scotland appears here as an especially interesting case study of the territorialisation of 'policy community' and the embedding of a distinctive policy style. This is one of the best books on devolution so far.
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Endorsement to followA critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. There is a review of theories of policy-making, focusing on decentralised systems. The author then identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policy making, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories.Case studies of policy making in health, higher education, housing, criminal justice, social inclusion and economic development allow the reader to see how policy making works in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in UK 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 Government and in the Scottish Parliament, an analysis of spending patterns, an examination of the legislative output, and case studies of policy making.Key Features Provides the only comprehensive account of policy-making under devolution in Scotland Places Scotland within a broader theoretical and comparative framework and analyses institutions and processes of policy-making Contains case studies of specific policy fields and a thorough treatment of financial questions Emphasis is placed on Scotland's insertion into UK, European and international networksMichael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and was previously Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. He has taught in several countries and published widely on nationalism, regionalism and public policy.
Back Cover Copy
'Second editions are often first editions plus some cosmetic changes and a few updates. Michael Keating's second edition of The Government of Scotland is much more than this. Of course it brings things up to date, including a nuanced analysis of the impact an SNP Government has had on politics and policy in Scotland. But it also develops much more strongly the theme of how politics and policy have become re-scaled within the state. Scotland appears here as an especially interesting case study of the territorialisation of 'policy community' and the embedding of a distinctive policy style. This is one of the best books on devolution so far.' Charlie Jeffery, Head of School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh A critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. There is a review of theories of policy-making, focusing on decentralised systems. The author then identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policy making, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories. Case studies of policy making in health, higher education, housing, criminal justice, social inclusion and economic development allow the reader to see how policy making works in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in UK and European policy networks. Comparisons are made with other devolved governments in Europe and beyond. Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and was previously Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. He has taught in several countries and published widely on nationalism, regionalism and public policy.
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A critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland.
Description for Reader
A critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. It identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policy making, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories.Case studies of policy making in urban and rural policy, education, social inclusion and economic development allow the reader to see how policy making works in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in UK 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 policy making.Key Features Uses case studies of policy making in public service provision, health, higher education, social inclusion, economic development and rural policy Includes material on interest groups and policy communities Analyses public expenditure in Scotland Places Scotland in a comparative context as a small European stateless nationThe second edition includes new and updated information in the following areas: Election results Voting by class, etc. Manifestoes Scottish Executive (now Government) departments Background of MSPs Committees Expenditure dataThere is also updating to take account of the change in government in 2007, including substantially revised material on intergovernmental relations and on Europe. The case studies on policy making have also been updated, with extensive changes in the section on economic development. In addition there is a new discussion of proposals for further devolution, following the National Conversation and the Calman Commission.
Description for Reader
A critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. There is a review of theories of policy-making, focusing on decentralised systems. The author then identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policy making, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories. Case studies of policy making in health, higher education, housing, criminal justice, social inclusion and economic development allow the reader to see how policy making works in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in UK 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 Government and in the Scottish Parliament, an analysis of spending patterns, an examination of the legislative output, and case studies of policy making. Key Features Provides the only comprehensive account of policy-making under devolution in Scotland Places Scotland within a broader theoretical and comparative framework and analyses institutions and processes of policy-making Contains case studies of specific policy fields and a thorough treatment of financial questions Emphasis is placed on Scotland's insertion into UK, European and international networks Michael Keating is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and was previously Professor at the European University Institute, Florence. He has taught in several countries and published widely on nationalism, regionalism and public policy.
Description for Teachers/Educators
Scottish Government and Politics; Scottish Policy Making; British Politics; Policy Making.
Main Description
A critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. It identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policy making, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories.Case studies of policy making in urban and rural policy, education, social inclusion and economic development allow the reader to see how policy making works in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in UK 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 policy making. Key Features:* Uses case studies of policy making in public service provision, health, higher education, social inclusion, economic development and rural policy* Includes material on interest groups and policy communities* Analyses public expenditure in Scotland* Places Scotland in a comparative context as a small European stateless nationThe second edition includes new and updated information in the following areas: * Election results* Voting by class, etc.* Manifestoes* Scottish Executive (now Government) departments* Background of MSPs* Committees* Expenditure dataThere is also updating to take account of the change in government in 2007, including substantially revised material on intergovernmental relations and on Europe. The case studies on policy making have also been updated, with extensive changes in the section on economic development. In addition there is a new discussion of proposals for further devolution, following the National Conversation and the Calman Commission.
Main Description
A critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. There is a review of theories of policy-making, focusing on decentralised systems. The author then identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policy making, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories. Case studies of policy making in health, higher education, housing, criminal justice, social inclusion and economic development allow the reader to see how policy making works in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in UK 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 Government and in the Scottish Parliament, an analysis of spending patterns, an examination of the legislative output, and case studies of policy making.
Main Description
A critical challenge to Scotland's new system of government is the making and implementation of public policy. This book offers a comprehensive account of the policy process in contemporary Scotland. There is a review of theories of policy-making, focusing on decentralised systems. The author then identifies the key actors and institutions, patterns of policy making, and the extent of convergence and divergence in comparison with England and other devolved territories.Case studies of policy making in health, higher education, housing, criminal justice, social inclusion and economic development allow the reader to see how policy making works in practice. There is an analysis of financial planning and decision making, and an examination of Scotland's role in UK 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 Government and in the Scottish Parliament, an analysis of spending patterns, an examination of the legislative output, and case studies of policy making. Key Features:* Uses case studies of policy making in public service provision, health, higher education, social inclusion, economic development and rural policy* Includes material on interest groups and policy communities* Analyses public expenditure in Scotland* Places Scotland in a comparative context as a small European stateless nationThe second edition includes new and updated information in the following areas: * Election results* Voting by class, etc.* Manifestoes* Scottish Executive (now Government) departments* Background of MSPs* Committees* Expenditure dataThere is also updating to take account of the change in government in 2007, including substantially revised material on intergovernmental relations and on Europe. The case studies on policy making have also been updated, with extensive changes in the section on economic development. In addition there is a new discussion of proposals for further devolution, following the National Conversation and the Calman Commission.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Expanded Contents Listp. vi
List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Public Policy and Devolutionp. 1
The New Scottish Political Systemp. 17
Publics, Parties and Electionsp. 44
The Policy Environmentp. 77
Government and Parliamentp. 110
Intergovernmental Policy Makingp. 138
Getting and Spendingp. 168
Policy Making in Practicep. 202
New Politics, New Policies?p. 254
Bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 281
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