by Sir John Elvidge
The contemporary structure of the Scottish Government is only recognisably three decades old and has recently undergone radical change.
The devolved Scottish Executive was established by legislation in 1998 and reflected a similar departmental structure to the pre-devolution Scottish Office. Local government in Scotland was restructured into a unitary system in 1994. Then, in 2007, the incoming SNP minority government unveiled radical plans to reorganise the Scottish government as a single organisation.
The main elements of this radical shift were:
>> an outcomes-based single strategic framework for all Scottish government and all parts of the public sector it controls
>> structuring central government as a single organisation
>> an agreement between central and local government that consequently extends the strategic agreement to the entire Scottish public sector
>> a publicly accountable performance management system that is accountable and transparent and based around the central question of the economic purpose of government.
For the full chapter, please see: Elvidge, J. (2017) Government in Scotland. In Gibb, K., Maclennan, D., McNulty, K., & Comerford, M. (eds) Scottish Economy - A Living Book. London: Routledge.