What kind of place should Scotland be, what key characteristics should our country have, and how should we present ourselves to the world?
We are experiencing a particularly politicised period in Scotland. With the implications of the September 2014 Scottish independence referendum and the May 2015 UK General Election still working through our institutions and widely discussed within civil society, debate over the questions above forms the backdrop to an approaching cycle of political events. These include the Scottish Holyrood elections in 2016, local authority elections in 2017, and a proposed European referendum by the end of 2017.
In this context, we need to be in the business of shaping Scotland's future, and exploring the options and means that will achieve the best possible results for as many of our citizens as possible.
Our approach to this stresses the dual importance of both People and Place. We are now exploring some of the most current issues debated in Scottish politics such as Scotland’s Towns, Scotland’s Cities, Public Service Reform and Community Empowerment. Advocating research by our board members in these particular areas has ensured that the CSPP is engaged in the policy development process delivering innovative, fresh thinking. For more on how the CSPP develops policy proposals and helps shape debate, read our ‘What We Do’ page.
Some of the ways in which we have developed political reach and profile are:
- Creating the Scotland’s Towns Partnership.
- Driven by our US policy associate, Chuck Dalldorf, promoting a ‘League of Cities’, now known as the Cities Alliance advocated by the Scottish Government and adopted by the 7 cities.
- Publishing the Reshaping Scotland Herald supplement on public services in the 21st century.
- Creating the Commission for School Reform in partnership with Reform Scotland. Read the final report: By Diverse Means.
- Releasing of our provocation paper on health entitled A National Health Service or an Empty Umbrella? in August 2014, informed by a series of dialogue dinners related to NHS Scotland and other discussion events.
- Participating in parliamentary inquiries, incorporating our members' input and views into our submissions.