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Consensual or dominant relationships with parliament? A comparison of administrations and ministers in Scotland

Shephard, Mark and Cairney, P. (2004) Consensual or dominant relationships with parliament? A comparison of administrations and ministers in Scotland. Public Administration, 82 (4). pp. 831-856. ISSN 0033-3298

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Abstract

The study of administrations and ministers and their relationships with UK Parliaments has tended to focus on the issues of accountability and responsibility, levels of legislative dissent or broad performance indicators supported by anecdotal examples. This paper addresses the lack of systematic analysis of executive/legislative relations in the policy-making process by examining the dominance of different administrations and ministers in the Scottish Parliament. Two questions are addressed. First, is there any variance in the legislative dominance of different administrations in the parliamentary arena? Second, do individual ministers make a difference to the degree of policy dominance? Controlling for both initial authorship and quality of amendments to Executive policy, we analyse the nature and extent of Executive dominance during the legislative process of the First Session of the Scottish Parliament. We find some evidence to suggest that Executive dominance varies both by administration and by individual minister.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1508
Keywords: scottish parliament, westminster parliament, legislation, uk politics, Great Britain, Political science (General), Public Administration, Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Political Science > Political institutions (Europe) > Great Britain
Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Government
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2006
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 12:25
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508

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