The Institute of Governance has provided open online access to the full text of the full run of Scottish Government Yearbooks (1976-92).
The Yearbooks provide unparalleled insights into a crucial period in Scotland’s political and social development. This archive is of particular interest to students of nationalism since its contents bears witness to, and carefully analyses, a Scotland in which a devolved Assembly seemed inevitable, a Scotland where those assumptions were dashed through the referendum of 1979, and a Scotland which rejected Thatcherism but endured its radical shaking of key institutions.
The Yearbooks end in 1992, when ‘home rule’ stood reinvigorated and when the question of devolution was again dominating the Scottish political agenda. As the introduction to that final volume notes there was by then “a real sense of an uncompleted agenda” in, and for, Scotland. To address that agenda the Yearbooks morphed, in 1992, into Scottish Affairs, Scotland’s longest running peer-reviewed journal of contemporary Scottish issues.
You can find the archive HERE