Jim Gallagher

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Visiting Professor, University of Glasgow, and Nuffield Associate Member
Jim Gallagher is a Scottish civil servant, professor and company director. He was Whitehall’s most senior civil servant concerned with devolution until he retired in June 2010, as Director-General for Devolution in the Cabinet Office the No 10 Policy Unit and Ministry of Justice. He is now an academic heavily involved in the Scottish constitutional question, and a director in the commercial and charitable sectors.
In 2005, he was appointed Visiting Professor of Government at Glasgow University. He has also been a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Public and Corporate Ethics at Glasgow Caledonian University. With other academics he founded the Scottish Policy Innovation Forum. Since 2010 he has been a research fellow in Nuffield College, Oxford. He is author of England and the Union, How and Why to Answer the West Lothian Question (IPPR 2012), and of Scotland's Choices, the Referendum and What Happens Afterwards, with Iain McLean and Guy Lodge, (Edinburgh University Press, 2013, second edition 2014).


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  The UK civil service prides itself on being able to serve democratically elected ministers of radically different political beliefs. This principle of political neutrality has carried it through transitions as marked as Callaghan to Thatcher, Major to Blair, and from the Brown government to its co... Read more
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Why should Scottish MPs vote on English issues, when the same matters are devolved to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh? The famous “West Lothian question” became a major theme for the Conservative Party during an election (2015) that might have seen SNP MPs holding the balance of power. Followin... Read more
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