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The Devolution Conundrum?

Alison Park and David McCrone

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/9780748622467.003.0002
The Devolution Conundrum?

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Devolution has created a balance of powers between Holyrood and Westminster. How do people think this is working? And which of the two is perceived to have more influence over the way Scotland is run? What do the Scottish public make of devolution so far? The fact that less than half of the electorate turned out to vote at the parliamentary elections in May 2003 would suggest that devolution has been something of a disappointment for many people. Moreover, the mounting costs of the Holyrood building project, and the fact that its completion was around two years overdue, have drawn considerable adverse comment. This chapter draws upon survey evidence collected between 1997 and 2003 to examine the public's attitude towards devolution and how it has changed during the Scottish Parliament's lifetime. In particular, it explores whether the apparently critical reaction received to date by the work of the Scottish Parliament has undermined support for the principle of devolution, or whether instead support for devolution has been robust in the face of any disappointment with devolution to date.

Keywords: Scotland; devolution; elections; Scottish Parliament; public

Chapter.  5675 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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