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The ‘Scottish approach’ to policy and policymaking: what issues are territorial and what are universal?

Citation
Cairney P, Russell S & St Denny E (2016) The ‘Scottish approach’ to policy and policymaking: what issues are territorial and what are universal?, Policy and Politics, 44 (3), pp. 333-350.

Abstract

The ‘Scottish approach' refers to its distinctive way to make and implement policy. Its reputation suggests that it is relatively comfortable with local discretion and variations in policy outcomes. Yet, policymakers are subject to ‘universal' processes - limited knowledge, attention and coordinative capacity, and high levels of ambiguity, discretion and complexity in policy processes - which already undermine central control and produce variation. If policy is a mix of deliberate and unintended outcomes, a focus on policy styles may exaggerate a government's ability to do things differently. We demonstrate these issues in two ‘cross cutting' policies: ‘prevention' and ‘transition'. complexity ; devolution; prevention; transition

Keywords
complexity ; devolution; prevention; transition

StatusPublished
AuthorsCairney Paul, Russell Siabhainn, St Denny Emily
Publication date07/2016
Publication date online26/06/2015
Date accepted by journal08/05/2015
PublisherPolicy Press
ISSN 0305-5736
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Policy and Politics: Volume 44, Issue 3

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