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Government for a New Age by Michel Khoury, Rabih Abouchakra

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Reinventing policymaking

In 2008, the Scottish government published ‘The Early Years Framework’ in conjunction with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), the national association of Scottish councils.35 The document details an early years and early intervention framework aimed at giving children in Scotland the best start in life and addressing ‘Scotland’s historic legacies of poverty, poor health, poor attainment and unemployment’.

This is a radical move away from a top-down, centrally driven, inflexible approach to policy development. Collaboration between the Scottish government and COSLA set a new context for policy development, one increasingly encountered around the world.

As noted in the foreword by the Minister for ...

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