Mitchell, James (2007) The unfinished business of devolution. Political Quarterly, 77 (4). pp. 92-108. ISSN 0032-3179Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
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.
|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|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||02 Dec 2011 13:14|
|Last modified:||05 May 2016 00:10|