Your guide to Holyrood, fully updated after the Scotland Act 2016This textbook gives students a rigorous introduction to the powers of the Scottish Parliament: how it makes laws, how it holds the Scottish Government to account and how its legislation and its actions can be scrutinised and challenged. Fully updated in light of the 2012 and 2016 Scotland Acts and the Independence and Brexit referenda, it looks at how Scotland is governed now and what the future holds for the constitutional relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK. This book is essential reading for students of Scots law, legal systems, politics and public policy, as well as legal and political professionals who need an up-to-date guide to how Holyrood works. Key FeaturesExplains how the Scottish Parliament and devolved government work in practiceAnalyses how the Scottish Parliament's legislation can be challenged, and sets out the major cases since it was reconvened in 1999 Explains the historical background to Scottish devolution Takes a detailed look at how relations between Scotland and the rest of the UK have developed under devolutionAnticipates how law and government might change in the future, particularly after Brexit New for this EditionIncludes extensive new material to take account of constitutional, legal and political developments since 2010 Incorporates the considerable extension of devolution, new case law, a description of the new financial powers of the Scottish Parliament and the Scotland Acts of 2012 and 2016 Considers the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, and the 2016 referendum on UK membership of the EU
Mark Lazarowicz is an Advocate in Practice at the Scottish Bar. He has experience in public and administrative law, including housing, social welfare and immigration cases and a special interest in environmental law. He was Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith between 2001 and 2015, and prior to that was Leader of Edinburgh Council. He has written widely on a range of legal and public policy issues. Jean McFadden is Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of Strathclyde. Alongside her academic law career, she has served as a councillor since 1971 and was Leader of Glasgow City Council 1980-1986 and 1992-1994. She held the posts of Chairman of Mayfest 1983-1997, City Treasurer 1986-1992 and President of COSLA 1990-1992. She was awarded the CBE in 1992.