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Policy convergence and divergence in Scotland under devolution

Michael Keating

Regional Studies, 2005, vol. 39, issue 4, 453-463

Abstract: Keating M. (2005) Policy convergence and divergence in Scotland under devolution, Regional Studies 39 , 453—463. The scope for divergence of public policy between Scotland and the rest of the UK is constrained by institutional, political and contextual factors. The policy capacity of the Scottish Executive is limited but increasing. Distinct Scottish policy communities are emerging, but there is variation by sector. There are important divergences in the organization and delivery of public services. Scotland is more committed than England to the traditional public sector model, emphasizing egalitarianism and cooperation with the public service professionals. This contrasts with the English emphasis on consumer choice and competition.

Keywords: Scotland; Policy-making; Devolution; Ecosse; Decisions; Decentralisation; Schottland; Parteiideologie; Dezentralisierung; Escocia; Desarrollo de politicas; Descentralizacion; JEL classification: R5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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DOI: 10.1080/00343400500128481

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