Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:History and Politics Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The ‘Scottish approach’ to policy and policymaking: what issues are territorial and what are universal?
Authors: Cairney, Paul
Russell, Siabhainn
St, Denny Emily
Contact Email:
Keywords: complexity
Issue Date: Jul-2016
Publisher: Policy Press
Citation: Cairney P, Russell S & St Denny E (2016) The ‘Scottish approach’ to policy and policymaking: what issues are territorial and what are universal?, Policy and Politics, 44 (3), pp. 333-350.
Abstract: The ‘Scottish approach' refers to its distinctive way to make and implement policy. Its reputation suggests that it is relatively comfortable with local discretion and variations in policy outcomes. Yet, policymakers are subject to ‘universal' processes - limited knowledge, attention and coordinative capacity, and high levels of ambiguity, discretion and complexity in policy processes - which already undermine central control and produce variation. If policy is a mix of deliberate and unintended outcomes, a focus on policy styles may exaggerate a government's ability to do things differently. We demonstrate these issues in two ‘cross cutting' policies: ‘prevention' and ‘transition'. complexity ; devolution; prevention; transition
Type: Journal Article
DOI Link:
Rights: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license ( which permits adaptation, alteration, reproduction and distribution without further permission provided the original work is attributed. The derivative works do not need to be licensed on the same terms.
Affiliation: Politics
University of Aberdeen

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
s1.pdf129.37 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.