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The unfinished business of devolution

Mitchell, James (2007) The unfinished business of devolution. Political Quarterly, 77 (4). pp. 92-108. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

The UK’s devolution reforms were built on long-standing practices of differentiated territorial administration in the non-English parts of the UK. With devolution those practices became subject to new democratic processes, transforming territorial administration into territorial politics. The reforms were introduced in a piecemeal basis, lacking an overall conception of the impact of devolution on the UK state, and lacking consideration of how the government of the non-devolved unit of England can, through its size and weight within the UK, impact on and constrain devolved government. The combination of piecemeal reform and the ‘English question’ raises a number of open questions about the coherence and stability of the devolution arrangements, especially at the point when governments run by different parties import partisan considerations into territorial politics.

Item type: Article
ID code: 36272
Keywords: devolution, Scottish devolution, constitutional change, Great Britain, Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Political Science > Political institutions (Europe) > Great Britain
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 13:14
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 14:09
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/36272

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