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Approaching to Arch-angelic: administrative devolution in Scotland

James Mitchell

in Devolution in the UK

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/9780719053580.003.0002
Approaching to Arch-angelic: administrative devolution in Scotland

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The ability of Scottish Office officials to know local conditions, local councillors, and local officials is inevitably greater than that of functional departments in Whitehall simply by virtue of the smaller size of Scotland. The Scottish Office adapted policies to suit Scotland. It allowed for the preservation of Scottish distinctiveness while maintaining the essential supremacy of Parliament. Although it allowed for Scottish distinctiveness, it failed to cater for Scottish democracy in the sense that it remained accountable to Parliament at Westminster, a UK rather than a Scottish forum. The Scottish Office, more than any other institution, represented the union state nature of the Anglo-Scottish relationship.

Keywords: Scottish Office; Scotland; Scottish democracy; Whitehall; UK; Anglo-Scottish relationship; Parliament; Westminster

Chapter.  10948 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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