Picture of a sphere with binary code

Making Strathclyde research discoverable to the world...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. It exposes Strathclyde's world leading Open Access research to many of the world's leading resource discovery tools, and from there onto the screens of researchers around the world.

Explore Strathclyde Open Access research content

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

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

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.