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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Scottish Politics

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230390485
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Ebook Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Fully revised, the new edition of this popular textbook provides an authoritative introduction to all aspects of contemporary Scottish politics and gives a full analysis of the SNP's first majority government.

  • Winner of the Richard Rose Prize

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling. His publications on Scottish politics have included work on the Scottish Parliament, intergovernmental relations and the social background of elites.

Neil McGarvey is Lecturer in Politics, Department of Government, University of Strathclyde, UK. He has published widely in the field of Scottish politics, local government and public administration.

1. What is Scottish Politics?
2. Devolution: Historical, Social and Economic Context
3. Scotland's Political Parties
4. Scottish Elections and Voting Behaviour
5. The Scottish Parliament and 'New Politics'
6. The Scottish Government
7. Governance Beyond the Scottish Government
8. Pressure Politics and the 'Scottish Policy Style'
9. Public Policy in Scotland Since Devolution
10. Inter-Governmental Relations and Multi-Level Governance
11. Money and Power: Public Expenditure in Scotland


A very impressive text. It is highly readable, answers important questions, and provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of Scottish politics at this critical moment in Scotland's history.' – Thomas Lundberg, University of Glasgow, UK
'This is now the leading textbook on Scottish politics. It not only exhaustively explores Scotland's changing political landscape and major political developments, but also, and perhaps even more importantly, places them in a wider comparative context. Genuinely essential reading.' – Lynn Bennie, University of Aberdeen, UK
'Cairney and McGarvey have produced an excellent and up-to-date resource for anyone teaching or studying Scottish politics in the devolution era. As an introductory textbook, it is packed with useful empirical material and links Scottish political development to core concepts and processes in political science.' - Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh, UK
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