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Devolution and the end of Britian?

Mitchell, James (2000) Devolution and the end of Britian? Contemporary British History, 14 (3). 61 - 82. ISSN 1361-9462

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Abstract

Labour politicians have asserted that devolution will strengthen the union, while nationalist politicians assert that devolution is a stepping‐stone to independence. This article argues that Scotland's future constitutional status will depend on a variety of factors. Devolution alters the balance between Dicey's three ‘watchwords’ ‐ unity of government, equality of political rights and diversity of institutions ‐ and that it is the relationship between these allied with the expectations that Scots have of the new constitutional arrangements, including most notably how the centre behaves, that will determine whether devolution is an end or the start of the process of the break‐up of the state.

Item type: Article
ID code: 36267
Keywords: devolution, constitutional change, Scottish independence, Scotland
Subjects: Political Science > Political institutions (Europe) > Scotland
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 12:59
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:42
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36267

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