Paul Cairney

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    The Scottish political system and policy process share the same ‘complex government’ features as any country

The Scottish political system and policy process share the same ‘complex government’ features as any country

If we focus on the wider policymaking and political process, we should get a stronger sense that major further devolution would not produce major change, writes Paul Cairney. The idea of giving a Scottish Government the powers to make radical changes to inequalities, public services, and outcomes, should take second stage to the idea that all governments are constrained by a […]

Will a ‘Yes’ vote save the NHS?

Alex Salmond and the independence campaign have been increasingly vocal with their argument that voting ‘Yes’ in the upcoming referendum will save the NHS from privatisation. Paul Cairney explores why the ‘save our NHS’ message has so much traction while pointing out that spending on the NHS still goes up every year in cash terms and has risen markedly in real terms since 1999. At […]

For those who seek to strengthen alcohol regulation, the experience of tobacco control shows that comprehensive policy change is neither quick nor inevitable.

Why is there more tobacco control policy than alcohol control policy in the UK? Paul Cairney examines their post-war histories to demonstrate ‘paradigm’ change in tobacco, but not alcohol, policy. Tobacco control policy is more advanced in key areas, including a ban on advertising and promotion, high taxes to discourage consumption, unequivocal health education and warning labels on products. He […]