Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice

Edited by Nicola F. Dotti

This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
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Chapter 8: Scotland: a thriving environment for policy entrepreneurship?

Serafin Pazos-Vidal


This chapter describes the public policy environment in Scotland discussing whether it complies with general notions of policy entrepreneurship by describing the main actors and interactions as well as recent outputs (as seen from a participant observation perspective and primarily having local government, central–local relations as a point of departure). Finally, this chapter compares Scotland’s governance model with the more corporatist models of public administration that can be found in mainland Europe. The aim is to identify some principles of what can make a thriving environment for policy entrepreneurship: a relatively self-contained policy environment, high density of public, civic and academic actors, availability of data, and an outcome-driven ethos.

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