Jim Johnston

Clerk to the Finance Committee at The Scottish Parliament

Clerk to the Finance Committee, Scottish Parliament
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Jim Johnston has been working with the Scottish Parliament since March 1999, and is currently Clerk to the Finance Committee. He has also been clerk to a number of other committees including on secondment to the House of Lords EU Select Committee in 2008-9. His current role includes managing the Finance Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s annual draft budget, the implementation of the financial powers arising from the Scotland Act 2012 and any future fiscal devolution.

Jim also has a wider interest in British politics and the role and effectiveness of parliaments, and is a member of the Study of Parliament Group. Jim has established close links with a number of senior academics in Scotland and set up the Study of Scottish Parliament Group to facilitate an informal exchange of ideas between political scientists and parliament officials. He has also recently published an article with Professor Paul Cairney on the role of parliaments in the Scottish Parliamentary Review.

He holds a BA (Hons) in English and Politics from the University of Strathclyde and PhD in Political Science from the University of Birmingham. His research focused on the economic policies of post-war Labour governments. His publications include a co-authored book on post-war British politics.

  • 14 April 2015, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2015

    This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.

  • 14 April 2015, 6pm

    The role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making

    To commemorate 50 years since the death of Churchill and 75 years since he became Prime Minister, the Centre for Science and Policy and Churchill College are jointly organising a distinguished panel discussion to discuss the role of evidence and analysis in effective policy making.