How important is public opinion?

The influence of public opinion on shaping government legislation.

How MSPs are elected to Scottish parliament

An explanation of the Additional Member System used for elections to Scottish parliament.

How the Scottish Parliament works - Free personal care

The implementation of free personal care for older people in Scotland.

How the Scottish Parliament works - Gypsy travellers

The response of the Scottish Parliament to the demands of a section of society.

How the Scottish Parliament works - Private Member’s Bill

The implementation of a successful Members' Bill is looked at through a case study.

Insider pressure groups

Three case studies explain the influence of pressure groups on Scottish government.

Local council services

A look at the importance of local government in our daily lives.

Local government - Rural services

How rural needs are funded and met by local government.

Local government funding - Public Private Partnership

A look at the use of Public Private Partnership funding by a local council.

Local government money

A look at the main sources of local government income and expenditure and how it is spent.

5 learner guides

We have a selection of learner guides