Has Devolution Made a Difference?: The State of the Nations 2004

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Alan Trench
Imprint Academic, 2004 - History - 291 pages
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This book is the fourth volume of a major five-year research programme on devolution funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The programme comprises eleven Constitution Unit research projects, underwritten by a regular series of monitoring reports. This book provides a stock-take of the effect of devolution during the first term of the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. Part 1 covers the territories of the UK -- Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions. Part 2 looks at its impact on the centre Westminster, Whitehall and public opinion. Part 3 looks at developments in two key areas of public policy. The book as a whole assesses not just how parts of the UK have been affected by devolution, but also its effect on the UK as a whole. Written by the Constitution Unit at University College London and the leading experts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the book is packed with facts and figures, and is essential reading for those who want to keep bang up to date with the latest developments.

 

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Contents

Has Devolution made a Difference?
1
Continuing Constitutional Debates
7
Expectations Policy Types and Devolution
11
Redistribute Policies
19
Regulatory Policies
27
Conclusion
37
Redefining Welsh Politics
50
Civic Institutions
60
Explanations of the GLAs Weakness
145
LowKey and Low Results
154
The Lessons of Strategic Government
160
The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
165
The Financial Aspects of Devolution
172
UK Intergovernmental Relations
186
The Impact of Devolution on Westminster
193
Restoring Confidence and Legitimacy?
217

Renascent?
79
Policy Innovation
95
Community Relations
104
Making a Difference?
110
NI Assembly Election Results 26 Nov 2003
116
Institutional Developments since 1999
123
Regionalism in 2003
130
Conclusion
137
Restoring Faith in the Union?
227
Conclusion
233
The Making of Social Justice Policy in Scotland
237
The Unfinished Business of Devolution
255
Whither the English Regions?
263
The Conservatism of the Centre
270
Index
277
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Alan Trench is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit at University College London.

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