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Introduction

Catherine Bromley, John Curtice, David McCrone and Alison Park

in Has Devolution Delivered?

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748622467
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622467.003.0001
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Devolution has transformed the way Scotland is governed. No longer is policy on such key domestic matters as health, education and law and order formally made by the UK government in concert with the House of Commons. Instead, it is settled by a Scottish Executive and a Scottish Parliament located in Edinburgh. This book assesses how the public has reacted to its initial experience of devolution now that two Scottish parliamentary elections have taken place. It asks what impact devolution has had on support for the maintenance of the Union and how well Scots feel they are being governed. It also examines the impact of devolution on the health of the nation's democracy by looking at how the public has behaved in the two elections to the Scottish Parliament that have been held so far. Finally, the book looks at trends in and patterns of national identity.

Keywords: Scotland; devolution; elections; national identity; Scottish Parliament; Union; democracy; public

Chapter.  4573 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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