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Devolution in the UK

James Mitchell

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780719053580
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719053580.001.0001
Devolution in the UK

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This book explains devolution today in terms of the evolution of past structures of government in the component parts of the United Kingdom. It highlights the importance of the English dimension and the role that England's territorial politics played in constitutional debates. Similarities and differences between how the components of the UK were governed are described. The book argues that the UK should be understood now, even more than pre-devolution, as a state of distinct unions, each with its own deeply rooted past and trajectory. Using previously unpublished primary material, as well as a wealth of secondary work, it offers a comprehensive account of the territorial constitution of the UK from the early twentieth century through to the operation of the new devolved system of government.

Keywords: devolution; government; United Kingdom; territorial politics; pre-devolution; territorial constitution; early twentieth century; constitutional debates; distinct unions

Book.  271 pages. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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Constituting the UK in Devolution in the UK

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The English Question in Devolution in the UK

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Ever looser union in Devolution in the UK

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