Civil society in Scotland

Isobel Lindsay, G. Day (Editor), D. Dunkerly (Editor), A. Thompson (Editor)

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    The outcome of the 2003 Scottish Parliament elections brings to mind the civil society equivalent of the patients taking over the asylum! 'Taking over' is an exaggeration but there has certainly been a minor invasion of groups who have been more commonly associated with campaigning than legislating. The Greens won seven seats, the far-left Scottish Socialist Party won six, the recently-formed Scottish Senior Citizens' Party gained one as did a campaigner against a local hospital closure. Two independents rejected by their parties also won. The interface between the Executive and the institutions of civil society has settled into a conventional pattern of formal consultation exercises and lobbying. But the Parliament has had a more innovative relationship with developments like the Petitions Committee and the growing number of Cross-Party Groups with non-parliamentary participants. The success of minority parties with strong links to campaigning organisations has also created more fluid boundaries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCivil Society in Wales
    Place of PublicationWales
    Number of pages272
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006


    • scottish parliament
    • civil society
    • scotland
    • government

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