Chapter

The English Question

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/9780719053580.003.0009
The English Question

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England's place in the union and the government of England, especially its territorial nature, lie at the heart of the English Question but the ramifications of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have hardly impinged on England and the English public seem blissfully unaware of or not bothered about devolution elsewhere. There have been two quite distinct sets of English Questions. The first concerns the familiar problems associated with governing a large territory with a large, diverse population in an advanced liberal democratic state. A second and quite different set of issues has arisen since devolution was granted to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is often summed up in the West Lothian Question but goes much deeper. Devolved government has territorialised UK politics, made England more apparent as a polity, and created anomalies.

Keywords: England; devolved government; territory; liberal democratic state; UK politics; devolution

Chapter.  10539 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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