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.

Public anger in Northern Ireland, and the electoral challenge confronting both @duponline and @sinnfeinireland from…

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RT @UKandEU: TOMORROW - Our #BrexitBoffins will be answering all your #Brexit questions live on Twitter and Reddit. First up - @McEwen_Ni…

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Looking back on the blog to last year @HAYLESBEN highlights the importance of examining both policy ideas and imple…

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Posts by this author


Sturgeon is strong enough to reject the Catalan path

Richard Parry discusses the latest SNP approach showing new levels of caution about holding an independence referendum without UK consent, and Conservative and Labour responses

England votes for a break from politics

Richard Parry discusses the way that the 2019 UK General Election bucked the trend for surprise results.
Ballot Box

Will 2019 be like 1987, 2015 or 2017?

Richard Parry assesses the prospects of Boris Johnson’s surpassing the electoral achievements of David Cameron and Theresa May.

How the election is organising itself

Richard Parry discusses the media presentation of opinion poll findings as we await evidence of the impact of the Brexit Party withdrawal from Conservative seats.
Election Race

Conservatives and Labour trade places on pre-election cohesion

Richard Parry assesses the prospects as the starting-gun is fired on Election 2019.

The Brexit war of attrition continues

Richard Parry reviews yet more dramatic days in the House of Commons.