Scotland needs a radical shift in the way that power and influence are distributed to help address democratic deficits and rebuild trust in the political process.
Scotland’s biggest private landowner secretly lobbied the Scottish Government to stymie plans for a spaceport in Sutherland.
Who are the people of influence in Scotland today? After a week long investigation into power and ownership The Ferret offers a list of names and sectors.
Influential bankers, retired senior civil servants, well-connected industry insiders, powerful chief executives and former politicians - meet Scotland’s quango class.
Women on public boards paid half a million less than male counterparts.
The chief executives of quangos appointed by Scottish Government ministers were paid over £10m in total last year
Five private companies, who employ around three quarters of Scotland's arms industry workforce, had thousands of closed door meetings with Westminster.
Nearly 70 per cent of malt distilleries are ultimately owned by companies outside Scotland with wealthy people linked to the whisky industry.
Ten of Scotland's major newspapers are owned by just three men: Rupert Murdoch, Lord Rothermere and Frederick Barclay