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Devolution in the United Kingdom: Ever Looser Union?

Charlie Jeffery

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The devolution reforms in the UK were designed, and function in disconnected ways. The devolved institutions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were each established for distinctive reasons. England continues to be governed in a centralised manner by central government institutions in London. The structures for coordination between the different parts of the UK, and between them and central government are weak. The article explores the reasons for this disconnected union, and the centrifugal dynamics that have resulted.

Keywords: Devolution, constitutional change, asymmetry, federalism


Bibliographie: Jeffery, Charlie: Devolution in the United Kingdom: Ever Looser Union?, dms – der moderne staat – Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management, 1-2009, S. 207-218.