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

RT @golau_podcast: Prof Danny Dorling's research has provoked debate about Wales's vote for #Brexit in 2016. For another perspective you ca…

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RT @UKandEU: John Curtice @whatukthinks on increasing indyref2 support: "All of this increase in support for Yes registered by the polls ha…

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RT @asenevents: CALL FOR PAPERS ASEN Annual Conference 'Nationalism and Multiculturalism' 22-23 April at @EdinburghUni Abstract Submis…

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This week marks 5 years since #indyref. What has changed? What remains the same? @McEwen_Nicola @MalcH @EveVHepburn… https://t.co/I0P6tkLNJ9

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Posts by this author

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.
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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.

Bills, Consultations and Indyref2

Nicola Sturgeon's announcement of a bill and consultation to pave the way for a second Scottish independence referendum may be a way of keeping activists happy while waiting to see how things unfold, says Paul Cairney.
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Brexit and the inevitability of Scottish Independence

Paul Cairney explains by comparing the likely Yes and No stories during the next campaign, and speculating about the extent to which key parties will campaign as hard for No in the second referendum.
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The EU referendum: How do you decide?

Amidst a bewildering array of claims and counterclaims, Dr Andrew Glencross and Prof Paul Cairney offer some advice on how to wade through all the information on ‘Brexit’ to make an informed choice.