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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Entrance to the UK Supreme Court

Supreme Court awards round one to the SNP

As the court rejects the UK Government attempt to avoid a judgment on the substantive issue, Richard Parry assesses the political prospects for both sides going into the full hearing of devolved competence of an independence referendum.
Arrow pointing right on a blue background

As political drama unfolds in London, Labour and SNP move ahead on constitutional policy

With the fall of Boris Johnson commanding attention, Richard Parry reviews important policy developments in the same week that set the stage for the next phase of constitutional change.
Outside the Scottish Parliament building

The tentative path to a date with destiny

Richard Parry discusses the pressures from political strategy and legal compliance that lie behind the First Minister’s announcement of a referendum date.
Budget 2021

The dilemma of devolution – more powers but potentially worse off

Richard Parry discusses the latest move on Scottish funding policy that highlights the choices inherent in taking on, and paying for, wider devolved responsibilities.
Supreme Court

The Supreme Court seeks clear devolution law that may not be there

Richard Parry discusses the judgment on incorporating the rights of the child into Scots law and what this may mean for future devolution cases.
Scottish Independence rally

How Brexit and independence are unusual referendums

Richard Parry discusses how, five years on, the Brexit referendum will influence any future Scottish independence referendum.