Politics in Scotland is an authoritative introduction to the contemporary political landscape in Scotland and an essential text for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Scottish Politics. Written by leading experts in the field, it is coherently organised to provide a clear and comprehensive overview of a range of themes in contemporary Scottish Politics.
Key topics include:
* Government and electoral behaviour.
* Representation and political parties in Scotland.
* Public policy and Scotland's relationship with the rest of the world.
* Scottish politics both in the run up to and after the 2014 referendum.
* The Future of Scottish government and politics.
This textbook will be essential reading for students of Scottish politics, British Politics, devolution, government and policy.
Duncan McTavish is Professor of Public Policy and Management at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. He has published extensively in public policy and management, multi-level government and politics of the nation state and edited leading academic journals.
Introduction (Duncan McTavish) 1. Unionism and Nationalism: The Historical Context of Contemporary Scottish Politics (Ewen Cameron) 2. How Scotland Votes: Elections and Electoral Behaviour in Scotland (Craig McAngus) 3. The Quality of Scottish Democracy (Thomas Lundberg) 4. Political Parties in Scotland (Duncan McTavish) 5. Corks on a Beach? Finding a Hard Budget Constraint for Scottish Government (Paul Hallwood and Ronald MacDonald) 6. Scottish Local Government: Past, Present and Futures (Colin Mair) 7. Civil Service and the Machinery of Government (Richard Parry) 8. Social Policy in a Devolved Scotland. Different, Fairer? (Kirstein Rummery) 9. Politics of Gender Equality in Scotland: Mind the Gap (Karen Jonhston and Gillian Fyfe) 10. Scotland and the World. Para-diplomacy and Proto-diplomacy (Michael Keating) 11. A Small Country in a Bigger Country or a Small Country in a Big World (Richard Kerley) 12. The Future of Scottish Government and Public Policy: A Distinctive Scottish Style (Paul Cairney) 13. Scotland and British Constitutional Reform (Matt Qvortrup) 14. The Media and Politics in Scotland (David Hutchison) Conclusion (Duncan McTavish)