Category Archives: Public Policy

Orphan problems

In its report on the future delivery of public services, the Christie Commission highlighted the activities of a recovery consortium based in Hamilton as an example of good practice. Commissioners visited the initiative and had been impressed by its work. … Continue reading

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Local Government and the May 2016 Holyrood Election

By Professor James Mitchell Summary This briefing assesses the likely role of local government in the May elections for the Scottish Parliament. There are few areas of public policy under Holyrood’s remit that do not have local government implications, but … Continue reading

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“We Need to Talk about Punishment”

First event from the series: ‘Creating Spaces for Change’. from Dr Mark Smith, Head of Social Work, University of Edinburgh. The criminal justice system offers insights into the complex and, at times, downright perverse workings of public policy. Crime in … Continue reading

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Making Work Pay: From Crafting Tools to Downing Tools

By Daniel Clegg In recent times the need to ‘make work pay’ has become increasingly central to the Conservative Party’s rhetoric on welfare reform, as it seeks to stake out a new political centre and define itself as the ‘true … Continue reading

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