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Open Scotland?

Journalists, Spin Doctors and Lobbyists

Philip Schlesinger, David Miller, William Dinan


Scottish devolution brought high hopes for an open political culture. But how far have these been fulfilled? Open Scotland? argues that in the field of political communication the old, established ways of the British state still remain firmly in place. Westminster and Whitehall still cast long shadows over Edinburgh.

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1. Introduction
Part I- Journalists
2. The BBC and devolution
3. The press prepares for Holyrood
4. Writing the rules of the game
5. The 'new' political journalism
Part II - Spin Doctors
6. Scottish Office information management:
From the Tories to New Labour
7. Preparing to devolve in the Scottish Office
8. 'It's a doddle' - the voter education campaign
9. Scotland in a spin
Part III - Lobbyists
10. Preparing for Holyrood
11. Jockeying for position
12. Lobbygate
13. The lie of the land:
regulating lobbying in Scotland
14. Open Scotland?.

About the Author

Philip Schlesinger is Professor in Cultural Policy at the University of Glasgow and Deputy Director of CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy. Author of Putting Reality Together and Media, State and Nation, his latest, co-authored, book is Curators of Cultural Enterprise. A Fellow of the RSE and the Academy of Social Sciences, and an editor of Media, Culture & Society, he is presently researching EU cultural policy and also developments in British film policy.

David Miller is a Fellow and Professor of Political Theory at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is the author of many books including Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction (2003), Citizenship and National Identity (2000), and Principles of Social Justice (1999).


A brilliant new study
- Peter Preston
This fascinating and well-researched study explores just how far the opportunity for making a new politics and encouraging a different political culture has been recognised ... Its judgements are made on the basis of a far more comprehensive body of evidence than most accounts of similar topics... this study deserves attention from anyone concerned about the present conditions of mediated democracy and the real limitations on getting very far beyond them.
Not only does this case study shed needed light on the importance of institutional structures to the quality of public communications, but its detailed and multifaceted analysis of the inner workings of an actual public sphere sets this book apart as a notable contribution to the growing literature on public communications systems.