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Title: The Impact of the Scottish Parliament in Amending Executive Legislation
Author(s): Shephard, Mark
Cairney, Paul
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Issue Date: Jun-2005
Date Deposited: 26-Jul-2013
Citation: Shephard M & Cairney P (2005) The Impact of the Scottish Parliament in Amending Executive Legislation. Political Studies, 53 (2), pp. 303-319.
Abstract: This paper provides the first systematic attempt to investigate the legislative impact of the Scottish Parliament on Executive legislation, by analysing the fate of all amendments to Executive bills from the Parliament's first session (1999-2003). Initial findings on the success of bill amendments show that the balance of power inclines strongly in favour of ministers. However, when we account for the type of amendment and initial authorship we find evidence that the Parliament (both coalition and opposition MSPs) actually makes more of an impact, particularly in terms of the level of success of substantive amendments to Executive bills. Our findings have implications for much of the current literature that is sceptical of the existence of power sharing between the Executive and the Parliament and within the Parliament.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2005.00530.x
Rights: Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Political Studies, Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 303–319, June 2005 by Political Studies Association and Blackwell Publishing. The original publication is available at: The definitive version is available at

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