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Concurrent Power

Scottish devolution was intended not only to transfer powers downwards territorially but to foster a new type of politics with more consensus, stronger Parliamentary committees, and power sharing between the Executive, Parliament and civil service; offering multiple opportunities for interactions between policy-makers and policy targets.

One might therefore suppose that Scotland would offer a set of circumstances congenial to the operation of policy networks which might facilitate policy integration but this research finds that the predominance of the public sector and the gate-keeping roles therein still present significant challenges and militate against an integrated approach to science and innovation.