Studying the Scottish Parliament

I was in Edinburgh yesterday (Wednesday) at the Scottish Parliament with students taking our Comparative Legislatures module.  It was a valuable opportunity to look at the process of dealing with legislation and how the committee system operates.  The picture shows the students in the session examining the operation of the Non-Government Bills Unit.

The visit was good not only for looking at the work of the Parliament, but also for setting it within a comparative context, enabling us to consider the extent to which existing concepts and taxonomies of legislatures are helpful (or not) in making sense of the institution.  The Parliament in design and processes was intended to get away from the Westminster model, yet in terms of the political culture it has proved in some respects more Westminster in approach than Westminster.  The degree of partisanship is marked.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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One Response to Studying the Scottish Parliament

  1. Croft says:

    “yet in terms of the political culture it has proved in some respects more Westminster in approach than Westminster. The degree of partisanship is marked.”

    That’s more about the politics of Scotland than anything.

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