The impact of the Scottish parliament in amending executive legislation

Mark Shephard, P. Cairney, P. Dunleavy (Editor)

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Abstract

This paper provides the first systematic attempt to investigate the legislative impact of the Scottish Parliament on Executive legislation, by analysing the fate of all amendments to Executive bills from the Parliament's first session (1999-2003). Initial findings on the success of bill amendments show that the balance of power inclines strongly in favour of ministers. However, when we account for the type of amendment and initial authorship we find evidence that the Parliament (both coalition and opposition MSPs) actually makes more of an impact, particularly in terms of the level of success of substantive amendments to Executive bills. Our findings have implications for much of the current literature that is sceptical of the existence of power sharing between the Executive and the Parliament and within the Parliament.
LanguageEnglish
Pages303
JournalPolitical Studies
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

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  • executive legislation
  • scottish parliament
  • ministers
  • msps
  • british politics

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Shephard, Mark ; Cairney, P. ; Dunleavy, P. (Editor). / The impact of the Scottish parliament in amending executive legislation. In: Political Studies. 2005 ; Vol. 53, No. 2. pp. 303.
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