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Title: Influencing policy : an examination of the pre-legislative and legislative processes of the Scottish Parliament
Author: Tosh, P.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis explores the pre-legislative, as well as the legislative processes of the Scottish Parliament. The Housing (Scotland) Bill is used as a single case study to map the journey of housing and homelessness policies through the parliamentary process and in doing so the theoretical ideas from policy networks, pluralism and corporatism are tested. The accounts and reflections of those heavily involved in agenda setting, policy development and legislative amendment provide the basis for the thesis. That said, the research does not overlook those who found themselves at the periphery of the policy making process. Indeed, the study identifies the many ‘rules of the game’ that exist to exclude interest groups from decision making and does this in light of the parliament’s founding principles of openness, accessibility, responsiveness, power sharing and its efforts to include ‘outsiders’. The thesis analyses the role of the committees given their reputed importance as the powerhouse of the Parliament in terms of scrutinising and amending Executive legislation. The committees; evidence taking role, as well as the Parliament’s role in other stages of the legislative process are also examined.  While the formal processes are important, the research taps into some of the networks that built up around the Housing Bill. The characteristics and membership of these networks are identified and the research pays particular attention to the micro-level of analysis. In other words, the relationships between key policy players (in terms of Ministers, civil servants, parliamentarians and interest groups) are examined in terms of the way in which they co-operate and compete with one another to affect policy. Thus, the importance of the resource exchange and coalition and consensus building is analysed in terms of whether the relationships between policy players organised around and in networks have any real causal impact on policy outcomes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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