Book Chapter

Pressure Politics and the ‘Scottish Policy Style’



Cairney P & McGarvey N (2013) Pressure Politics and the ‘Scottish Policy Style’. In: Cairney P & McGarvey N (eds.) Scottish Politics. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 154-170.

Chapter 5 suggests that the Scottish Parliament did not foster new and effective forms of deliberative and participatory democracy. It highlights the similarities between the Westminster and Holyrood systems and argues that, in both, most policy is formulated outside the legislative arena following regular consultation between govern¬ments and pressure participants such as interest groups. This chapter examines the extent to which that process of policymaking is distinctive in Scotland following devolution. In other words, is there a ‘Scottish Policy Style'? Policy style refers simply to the ways in which governments make and implement policy (Richardson, 1982). It has two dimensions: the way that governments make policy, in consultation with pressure participants; and, the way that they implement policy in partnership with organizations such as local authorities (chapter 7).

scottish politics; policymaking; interest groups; policy styles

Publication date31/07/2013
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
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Place of publicationBasingstoke

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Professor Paul Cairney

Professor Paul Cairney

Professor, Politics