The Centre for Scottish Public Policy

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According to its website The Centre for Scottish Public Policy 'is an independent think-tank formerly known as the John Wheatley Centre, established to provide a focus for imaginative and innovative policy debate on the key issues facing Scotland.'

According to Hartwig Pautz 'In summer 2004, Ross Martin, a former Labour Councillor and failed Labour-candidate for a seat in the Scottish Parliament in 1999... was appointed Executive Director. He followed Gerry Hassan, who was previously Head of Communications at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry lobby group (SCDI), and who is now working with think-tank Demos on the ‘scenario-building’ project Scotland 202038. Prior to his new position at the CenSPP, Martin was head of the Scottish Forum for Modern Government at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University. This institute, set up in November 1999, has effectively ceased to exist. Martin wants the CenSPP ‘to act as a bridgehead between the government and the people they seek to govern by providing opportunities for engagement, by challenging vested interests’39. He wants the institute to be seen as ‘centre-left’40, although not aligned to a political party. The CenSPP’s aim is the ‘promotion of an imaginative public policy debate’ by ‘organising opportunities for politicians, policy thinkers and practitioners to meet and to learn from each other’41. In cooperation with the SCF, the CenSPP is pursuing research into ‘public sector reform in Scotland’42.'


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Achieving the Vision: The Edinburgh City Region Conference 2005 Edinburgh, Thursday 26 May

Keynote speaker: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform

in association with City of Edinburgh Council Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian Media sponsor: The Scotsman Conference sponsors: BT, First, Citigate Public Affairs


Reports available:

Delivering Transport Policy for Scotland Working Together for a Sustainable Scotland A Healthy Scotland Public Service Reform in Scotland Scotland's role in the Enlarged Europe The Implications and Consequences of Introducing STV for the Scottish Parliament Elections


Chisholm House 1 Surgeon Square High School Yards Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Tel/Fax: 0131 558 8179

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