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Devolution in the United Kingdom 2nd ed

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ISBN13: 9780748646517
Published: September 2012
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99



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This is a straightforward introduction to devolution in all four countries of the UK. This book provides an introduction to the major changes in the political landscape of the UK caused by the political devolution of power to London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is extensive examination of the historical background to these changes with an even more detailed focus upon contemporary political events. The book also helps those wishing to understand devolution by explaining its development, and assessing the operation, strengths and weaknesses of the devolved state.

Throughout the text there are relevant examples used which illustrate the application of more complex ideas and terms, and a balanced picture is presented which takes in the views of federalists, unionists and nationalists. It defines and assesses legislative, executive and administrative devolution across the UK. It considers the impact of devolved bodies on policy and legislative outcomes. It examines the current and likely future impact of the devolved bodies. It details the relationship between the devolved bodies and the Westminster government. It explores the extent to which the system of government in the UK as a whole has changed. It places political developments in their social, economic and cultural contexts.

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Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Contents:
1. The Background to Devolution
2. 'Devolution all round?': the case of England
3. English devolution: London leads the way?
4. The Evolution of Scottish Devolution
5. The Governance of Scotland
6. Political Parties and Politics in Scotland
7. The Government of Wales
8. The Continuing Evolution of Welsh Devolution
9. Northern Ireland: Historical Political Development
10. Northern Ireland and Devolution: Structures and Process
11. Political Parties within Northern Ireland
12. Creeping Federalism or a Unitary State?.