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Scottish Government Yearbooks 1976-92 Now Online

The Institute of Governance are very happy to announce the launch of a free digital archive for the Scottish Government Yearbooks

The Institute of Governance are very happy to announce the launch of a free digital archive for the Scottish Government Yearbooks, which were published by the University of Edinburgh's 'Unit for the Study of Government in Scotland' between 1976 and 1992. The Unit was set up in the mid-1970s to address 'Our Changing Scotland' and the certainty – as it seemed at the time – of a devolved Assembly in Edinburgh. The Yearbooks reflect the spirit of that enterprise: contributions cut across academic disciplines and embraced lawyers, journalists, political activists, policy makers, civil servants, public sector managers, local government officers and clerics. Through this rich mix the Yearbooks sought, as the opening volume’s editorial made clear, to engage with a Scotland which was increasingly proving to be "a perplexing place".

In this archive you can find informed and critical articles on a wide range of topics of high relevance both to Scotland's past and to its future. In light of the 2014 referendum, the third on Scotland's constitutional relationship with/to the United Kingdom, the Institute of Governance felt the time was right to provide the full content of the Yearbooks online and freely accessible to all who are interested in Scotland’s past, and Scotland’s future. Our changing Scotland remains a perplexing place with an uncompleted agenda: here you will find much that helps explain where, in our recent history, we have come from.

Michael Rosie, Director, Institute of Governance, August 2014.

The Archive can be accessed via Scottish Government Yearbooks

See also our blog 

The Archive was supported by funds from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Social & Political Science, and by the kind assistance of the University’s Library and University Collections. The Archive platform was developed by the University of Edinburgh’s Library Digital Development Team.

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