Devolution in the United Kingdom

Paperback | May 15, 2001

byVernon Bogdanor

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The issue of devolution has often been one for polemic rather than reasoned analysis. This book places recent developments in the United Kingdom in their historical context, examining political and constitutional aspects of devolution in Britain from Gladstone's espousal of Home Rule in 1886right up to the 1998 legislation governing the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. As well as considering what devolution will mean for Scotland and Wales, and how it will work in practice, Vernon Bogdanor discusses parallels with earlier devolution debates, giving special attention to the issue of Irish Home Rule which dominated British politics from 1886 to 1914. He alsoexamines the experience of devolution in Northern Ireland and analyses the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, as well as considering the impact and implications of the new arrangements for the government of London under the Mayoral system implemented in May 2000. Devolution in the United Kingdom cuts across the boundaries of disciplines such as history, political science, and law, and will be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the significance of the most important constitutional development of our time.

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The issue of devolution has often been one for polemic rather than reasoned analysis. This book places recent developments in the United Kingdom in their historical context, examining political and constitutional aspects of devolution in Britain from Gladstone's espousal of Home Rule in 1886right up to the 1998 legislation governing th...

Vernon Bogdanor is Professor of Government at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Brasenose College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.75 inPublished:May 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801287

ISBN - 13:9780192801289

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Table of Contents

1. The Making of the United Kingdom2. Irish Home Rule3. Northern Ireland4. Scotland5. Wales6. London (chapter tbc)7. Devolution: Challenge, Defeat, and Renewal8. Legislating for Devolution: The Constitutional problemsThe Basic StructureGovernment Formation and dissolutionThe Electoral SystemThe West Lothian QuestionFinancing DevolutionThe Welsh ModelThe English DimensionThe European Dimension8. Conclusion: Federal DevolutionNotesSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex

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`Review from previous edition '...But despite the chaotic birthing of the new arrangements, there is a rational and even conservative case for them, one which Bogdanor puts better than I have seen it done elsewhere...''TLS