The Land Reform Policy Group in Scotland Institutional sponsorship for land reform?


In Scotland, the land question comprises issues associated with the legal context, ownership, use and management of the resource. The con text within which the land question has been addressed has changed qu ite dramatically over the past decade, as a consequence of the Scottish Parliament and the policy impetus associated with sustainable development. These have combined to focus atten tion on the relationship between economic change and environ-mental quality and on the appropriaten ess of management regimes to secure a feasible balance of in terests. In 1997, the (then) Scottish Of ce established a Land Reform Policy Group to identify and assess proposals for land reform in rural Scotland. Its main aim was to provide the Scottish Parliamen t with an agenda for action on land reform. The Land Reform Policy Group has stated that land reform legislation should set ou t clearly the objectives of land use and land reform; the basis for public sector involvement in land matters; and bring together a comprehensive range of measures for removing barriers and promoting positive action. This paper exam ines the emergence of the Policy Group as an institu tional spon sor in effecting an agenda for land reform in Scotland

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