Paul Cairney

Paul Cairney

Governance, Centre on Constitutional Change
University of Stirling
Professor of Politics and Public Policy

Biography

Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy in the Department of History and Politics.  He is a specialist in Scottish politics and public policy, currently completing (with Neil McGarvey, Strathclyde) a second edition of 'Scottish Politics'.  He is also a specialist in the study of policymaking, currently writing a single--authored book entitled 'Policy and Policymaking in the UK' and co-editing (with Robert Geyer, Lancaster) a book on complexity theory and its applications to policymaking. 

His articles have been accepted for publication in leading journals including British Journal of Politics and International Relations, British Politics, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Parliamentary Affairs, Policy and Politics, Political Studies, Policy Studies, Policy Studies Journal, Political Quarterly, Political Studies Review, Public Administration, Public Policy and Administration, Regional and Federal Studies, Scottish Affairs and Scottish Parliamentary Review.

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Expertise

public policy

Article from CCC's @DanielWinc @GregJamesDavies along with @UKandEU @DrAlanWager for @RegionalStudies asking has… https://t.co/yh7QiwV1sR

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RT @ScotCen: *NEW* Scottish Social Attitudes 2019: Attitudes to government and political engagement Findings from twenty years of the surv…

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@EmilyStDenny explains the process for designing @ScotParl and whether the parliament has lived up to the politic… https://t.co/Nm3N3pKHaq

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What does the British public want in terms of a longer-term relationship with the European Union? Originally for… https://t.co/rVBog8UC4O

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Posts by this author

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The 'Scottish approach' to Policymaking

In his chapter for the Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics, Paul Cairney examines the alleged distinctiveness of Scottish policymaking. These comparisons tend to be with UK government, which ignores the opportunity for wider comparative assessment.
Policy

Why isn't government policy more preventative?

Paul Cairney and Emily St Denny, University of Stirling, evaluate the challenges and likely outcomes of preventative policy making in their blog for Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN). Can academic research solve the problems for preventative policy?
Scottish Parliament Chamber

Scotland has its own political class...just like Westminster

It is commonplace in Britain to identify a “political class”, out of touch with the general population. It was promised that the Scottish Parliament would broaden recruitment of MSPs, becoming more representative to class, ethnicity, gender, education and former careers. But, Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen, and Paul Cairney, University of Stirling, argue that we have not seen such a divergence between MSPs and MPs.



The Scottish Parliament is essential to Scottish democracy, but what kind of democracy is it?

Professor Paul Cairney (University of Stirling) examines the effectiveness of policymaking by the Scottish Parliament since 1999.
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The Impact of Multi-level Policymaking on the UK Energy System

Profs Paul Cairney, Nicola McEwen, Aileen McHarg, Karen Turner and David Wilson recently received a UKERC grant to research UK 'energy systems' in the context of multilevel policymaking. They explain that, just to start with, this will require defining many of the subjects of their research.
Devolution bill

We have a window of opportunity to improve Scottish devolution, so let’s start with parliamentary reform

A report from the Commission on Parliamentary Reform is published today. Paul Cairney shares his thoughts on the report and how it's now the perfect time to think about maximising the benefits of Scottish devolution.