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Leading national thinking on politics, government & public policy through Open Access research

Strathprints makes available scholarly Open Access content by researchers in the School of Government & Public Policy, based within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Research here is 1st in Scotland for research intensity and spans a wide range of domains. The Department of Politics demonstrates expertise in understanding parties, elections and public opinion, with additional emphases on political economy, institutions and international relations. This international angle is reflected in the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) which conducts comparative research on public policy. Meanwhile, the Centre for Energy Policy provides independent expertise on energy, working across multidisciplinary groups to shape policy for a low carbon economy.

Explore the Open Access research of the School of Government & Public Policy. Or explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research...

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EPrints Request Button: personal data

Any personal data you provide in placing a manuscript request via the EPrints Request Button feature will only be processed for the purpose of fulfilling the request and in compliance with GDPR and relevant UK Data Protection legislation in force at the time. It will ultimately be deleted in line with our current retention periods.

If you have any general enquiries on Data Protection at the University please consult its policy.