Richard Parry

University of Edinburgh
Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh


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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Posts by this author

House of Commons

What the Brexit entr’acte may bring

Richard Parry gives some perspectives on what seemed like the downtime of the political drama now reignited by a strong Scottish court ruling against the UK Government.
European Council

Could Boris induce the EU27 to reject an extension?

Richard Parry discusses the dangers of a Westminster-centric approach as opposition parties agree not to endorse a 15 October election.
House of Commons

How Boris Johnson’s position collapsed

Richard Parry discusses the Commons vote and the relationship between passing the new Brexit law and calling a General Election.
House of Commons

What next for an anti-no deal majority?

Richard Parry assesses the impending parliamentary action in September and October as the Commons tries to construct an anti-no deal majority.
Boris Johnson

Has Boris blinked?

Richard Parry assesses Boris Johnson’s adoption of some of Theresa May’s negotiating approaches and his chances of avoiding her fate.

The evolving civil service

In the latest of our series on 20 years of devolution, Richard Parry of the University of Edinburgh reflects on the evolution of the civil service.