Devolution in the United Kingdom

Devolution in the United Kingdom

Devolution in the United Kingdom

Devolution in the United Kingdom

Synopsis

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.Key Features:•Defines and assesses legislative, executive and administrative devolution across the UK•Considers the impact of devolved bodies on policy and legislative outcomes•Examines the current and likely future impact of the devolved bodies•Details the relationship between the devolved bodies and the Westminster government•Explores the extent to which the system of government in the UK as a whole has changed•Places political developments in their social, economic and cultural contexts

Excerpt

Since political devolution came onto the mainstream agenda in 1997 it has been a subject which has fascinated both academics and students of politics alike. Students are now learning that many aspects of their own lives, which in the past were almost identical with their contemporaries across the United Kingdom, are now sometimes radically different. On issues ranging from health and education to the attempts to deal with global warming, the devolved governments often deal with them in many differing ways. It is therefore unsurprising that political devolution is and will remain a key topic on any politics syllabus for as far as anyone can see. Students should also note that devolution is a constantly changing subject and, whilst much can be gained from reading this book, they should also keep their eyes and ears open as to the changes that are frequently occurring in both Westminster and all of the devolved bodies.

Both Dr Russell Deacon and Dr Alan Sandry have very much enjoyed the opportunity to write this text. We trust the reader will be able to gain as much from it as the authors have been able to. Both authors would like to thank Duncan Watts for commissioning the book in the first place, Nicola Ramsey and Eddie Clark from Edinburgh University Press and Neil Curtis for copy-editing. Dr Sandry would like to thank Jill, Thomas and all his family and friends for their support and inspiration along the way. Dr Russell Deacon would also like to thank his wife Tracey Deacon, daughter Alex Deacon and colleagues Anne Brooks and Steve Belzak for their support in the writing of this book.

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