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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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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In his response to the Scotland Bill, Richard Parry examines the shift in Conservative party strategy from drawing a line into the sand on devolution to advocating the further transfer of tax and benefits powers. This, according to Richard, is an attempt to open up new areas for competition and situ... Read more
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Wales is the one part of the United Kingdom that finds its stable position under all-round devolution in which it sits, without serious support for independence, alongside Scotland and Northern Ireland in balance with the UK centre. Today’s announcement on the cross-party talks process  marks a furt... Read more
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After the all-night event at the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Hub, Richard Parry gives initial reflections on what the result means for devolution policy. In the long run of the referendum campaign, a Yes vote matching the SNP’s vote on the 2011 elections (45% constituency, 44% list) was a tot... Read more
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Following Paul Cairney’s earlier blog, Richard Parry provides a contrasting perspective on the Barnett formula and its re-emergence into the independence debate. The UK party leaders’ ‘vow’ in Tuesday’s Daily Record (bearing all the imprints of a Gordon Brown text) stated ‘and because of the continu... Read more
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Richard Parry discusses the arguments made by the campaigns on welfare and pensions. Threats to the continuity of payment of pensions and benefits are among the most potent of arguments against constitutional change, but remain a muted theme in the current Scottish debate.  After a long gestation th... Read more
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