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Undignified and inefficient: Financial relations between London and Stormont

Mitchell, James (2006) Undignified and inefficient: Financial relations between London and Stormont. Contemporary British History, 20 (1). pp. 57-73. ISSN 1361-9462

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Abstract

Between 1922 and 1972, London reputedly adopted a hands-off attitude to devolution in Northern Ireland. This was true of the formal machinery of government, what Bagehot referred to as the 'dignified' part of the constitution, but the 'efficient' part, most notably relations between civil servants, highlights a more complex picture of intergovernmental relations. Jim Bulpitt's notion of a 'dual polity' - acknowledging that alongside the dignified part of relations there was intense, ongoing relations between civil servants - is developed. It also argues that financial relations were marked by ad-hocery and inefficiency. The rhetoric of parity and leeway hid considerable diversity in public policy provision in Northern Ireland compared with the rest of the UK.

Item type: Article
ID code: 3984
Keywords: Northern Ireland, public policy, devolution, Stormont, London, intergovernmental relations, Political science (General)
Subjects: Political Science > Political science (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2007
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 10:40
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/3984

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