Richard Parry

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Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh
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I joined Social Policy in 1983 after working as a civil servant and as a researcher at the University of Strathclyde. I am a political scientist and my work falls in the interconnected areas of public policy, public administration and public sector resource allocation, especially in Scotland and the UK. Earlier research projects included ones on public employment, central-local relations in Scotland, comparative European social policy and privatisation in social policy.


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Jeremy Corbyn’s acquiescence in an early General Election has confirmed the supposition that if pushed an opposition party would never want to appear to be frightened of going to the country. The result has been to nullify the point of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011 except when there is a coali... Read more
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Nicola Sturgeon’s letter of 31 March 2017 to Theresa May stated that ‘the Scottish Parliament has now determined by a clear majority that there should be an independence referendum’. That would now be the common assumption. But in fact the motion does not mention independence, let alone specify whet... Read more
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At the start of the Brexit negotiating process, Richard Parry argues that two years is both too long and too short a period.    Theresa May has today given the statutory two-year period of notice for leaving the European Union. The article 50 under which this was done was an incidental part of the c... Read more
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Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement today about moving towards a second independence referendum was not a surprise. But one aspect was. On the grounds that Scotland can only make an informed choice after the terms of Brexit are known, she set a time-frame of autumn 2018 to spring 2019 but conceded that t... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses considerations facing Theresa May as decision time approaches on a second independence referendum.    Theresa May’s speech in Glasgow on 3 March developed a line of argument that opened up a new perspective on devolution and the Conservative Party’s role in Scotland, Wales an... Read more
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Although the UK Government lost its appeal at the Supreme Court, it may find some room for consolation in the view of one of the three dissenting justices, says Richard Parry.  The UK Government can derive some comfort from the Supreme Court’s judgment. It got three justices to agree with it, includ... Read more
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Richard Parry considers the nature of the Brexit vision outlined by Theresa May on 17 January 2017 and the implications for Scotland.    Over the years the EU has developed institutions to accommodate countries in Europe that want a close and structured relationship with it but are politically unabl... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses some of the issues around changing parts of the UK constitution that might have been regarded as ‘permanent’, especially where a ‘supermajority’ of elected members has become in some cases a legislative requirement.    It is a difficult feature of the present Brexit debate th... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses some of the tactical considerations now being faced by the Scottish Government as they attempt to navigate the Brexit process while promoting their long-term constitutional objectives. Before the Brexit referendum a commonplace of debate was that Scottish deviation from the U... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses how the vote has important lessons for politics and even betting, but its resolution for Scotland will get caught up in wider issues.  Many political events have automatic policy and legal consequences, but not the EU referendum. The course needs to be charted and many surpri... Read more
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