Devolution is secondary: What drives Scottish secondary legislation?

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The reopening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 marked a great opportunity to create a modern government connected to the people. Despite this work on responsiveness and the functioning of policy-making in Scotland since devolution has not been as extensive as it could be. This is certainly true of one of the most common and numerous policy-making activities undertaken by Scotland and indeed all UK Governments, the production of secondary legislation. This paper uses time series cross-sectional analyses to assess the effects of attention by the UK government, the EU, public priorities and the media on Scottish statutory instruments. It finds strong effects for the UK media on Scottish instruments although that effect is lower for policy areas technically, although not practically outside the competencies of Scottish government. This work hints at a government responsive to events, but also a government that largely sets its own independent priorities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-529
Number of pages13
JournalPublic Administration
Issue number3
Early online date28 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • bureaucracy
  • agenda-setting
  • responsiveness
  • devolution
  • Scotland


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