Scottish government

Time to shake up Scotland

Author / Creator: John McLaren

Media type: Article

Date published:

There is a lack of critical scrutiny of key policy areas in the Scottish Government's control.


The ‘Scottish Approach’ to Policymaking

Author / Creator: Paul Cairney

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

The Scottish government approach to policymaking is distinctive in the way it uses evidence to inform policy and policymaking.


Interest Groups and Policy Communities

Author / Creator: Iain MacLeod

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

the so-called ‘new politics’ that devolution was meant to espouse has instead continued the dominance of traditionally privileged groups.


The Leadership and Management of Public Services Reform in Scotland

Author / Creator: John Connolly

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

Reform of public services in Scotland have been undermined by a focus on constitutional matters and an empowerment agenda.


The Civil Service and Government Structures

Author / Creator: Richard Parry

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

The civil service in Scotland is part of the UK civil service and acts with those norms in mind.


A Holyrood you trust or Westminster you do not? Open Minds on Independence #23

Author / Creator: Believe in Scotland

Media type: News Media

Date published:

How does the Scottish Government score in the Worldwide Governance Indicators?

1: Voice and Accountability - good

2: Political Stability - good. Better than England

3:Government Effectiveness - good and more trusted than England

4: Regulatory Quality - good although an independent Scotland would need some new regulatory bodies

5: Rule of Law - good. It has a well-regarded legal sysem


The Statistics of Devolution

Author / Creator: David Byne

Media type: Book

Date published: 2019

Statistical collection and analysis needs to be improved in a devolved UK.  Greater detail of local and regional analysis is required for both Scotland and England.


Thinking Outwith the Box, GERS 2020-21 and the SNP conference Agenda

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Podcast

Date published:

What the latest GERS figures mean (and don’t mean) for Scotland, independence and the post-pandemic recovery.


Claim Scots will be £2,000 worse off after independence is Unsupported

Author / Creator: The Ferret

Media type: Fact check

Date published:

The "Union Dividend" of £1941 per person [in 2019] only refers to the difference in current spending per head. It does not tell us what Scotland’s financial position would be after independence. 


Preparing Scotland digitally for independence

Author / Creator: Gordon Morgan

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: November 2017

Most tax collection, borders and customs, and foreign affairs, which are mostly reserved areas, would need to new IT systems established upon independence. The methods and costs are examined.


Towards a Defence & Security strategy for an independent Scotland

Author / Creator: Garry Macdonald

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: December 2017

This paper is intended to provide an overview of the following aspects of a Scottish Defence & Security Strategy:

• What is meant by ‘Scottish national security’
• What threats it would be required to address
• What framework it would operate under
• How Scottish foreign policy would impact it
• What institutions would implement it

The intent of this paper is not to serve as a finalised strategy but instead to provide a basis for further discussion and development.


Public Procurement in Scotland: The case for scrutiny, accountability and transparency

Author / Creator: Margaret Cuthbert

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

Procurement in Scotland is shrouded in secrecy and wide-ranging reforms are needed to ensure transparency and accountability.


Transparency in Public Finance – the role of good data

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Date published:

An Open Government approach to Public Finance data can improve its usability and transparency for citizens.


Scotland’s Data Desert: The case for a Scottish Statistics Agency

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: February 2018

The formation of a Scottish Statistics Agency, which has the power to fill vital gaps in the gathering, analysis and provision of statistics pertaining to Scotland as well as to curate a comprehensive and transparent database of statistics for public use is urgently required.


Public Private Partnerships: A formula for excess profits and failure

Author / Creator: Jim Cuthbert

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: April 2018

PFI is well known to be a very problematic concept. They involve extremely high rates of return for investors, but an unacceptable rate of failure in other schemes. These  characteristics are inherent in the way PFI/PPP has been set up.


Scotland’s Fiscal Future

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

The quest for GDP and GDP Growth is not sustainable in a finite world.  Metrics such as environmental impact, inequality and wellbeing are far more important and only by elevating them above the quest for “growth at all costs” can a truly fair and sustainable Scotland be created.


Renew: Six policies that can refresh the Scottish Government’s domestic agenda

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

Policies  to renew the Scottish Government’s domestic agenda: 

  • Create a Scottish National Investment Bank
  •  Build the homes and infrastructure that people need
  • Create a world-class childcare system.
  • Give more power to citizens.


Our Democracy Is Not For Sale

Author / Creator: Peter Ryan

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

The UK’s electoral process has lax regulation around digital political adverts. The current fines levied  risk becoming actively “costed in” to campaigns mounted by well-funded yet unscrupulous organisations.


Our House is on Fire

Author / Creator: George Gunn

Media type: News Item

Date published:

The collation deal between SNP and Scottish Greens passed in the Scottish Parliament is the beginning of a quest to make clear some definitions and to lead the country away from constitutional meaninglessness, cruel political comedy and out of the deliberately constructed tragic dead end of devolution and toward full engagement with the climate emergency. 

 


Transparency in Public Finance – the role of good data

Author / Creator: Common Weal

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published:

There should be a single portal for Scottish public sector data. Making numbers have meaning for people should be the primary aim of public data. There should be a single portal for Scottish public sector data which would be open to Freedom of Information requests. And it should identify what information the public wants from public data.