This volume addresses the issues arising from the recent devolution referenda by exploring the historical development of the proposals, the importance of national and regional identities, the changing policies of the political parties and the approaches of business and other major groups towards devolution. It also looks at the impact on electoral reform coming from the proposal that proportional representation be used to elect the regional assemblies and how the new assemblies are to be financed. Finally the book discusses the implications of a devolved British state where different countries and regions achieve different levels of autonomy at different paces.
'The latest pharmacopeia of constitutional cures.' - Times Literary Supplement
'This book presents some very thoughtful essays about the effects of devolution, particularly Graham Leicester's piece on Devolution and Europe - Britain's Double Constitutional Problem.' - Morning Star
'This is one of those books that you should buy if you want a record of the state of mind of some of the most committed protagonists in the devolution debate.' - Local Government Studies
'The data and intelligence assembled here bear attention; this is a reasoned debate about the past history of notions of local identity and self government … a useful guide for those who observe and judge the very urgent process of exploring this strategic option.' - The Historian
The series publishes outstanding scholarship on federalism and decentralization, defined broadly, and is open to theoretical, empirical, philosophical, and historical works. The series includes two types of work: firstly, it features research monographs that are substantially based on primary research and make a significant original contribution to their field. Secondly, it contains works that address key issues of policy-relevant interest or summarise the research literature and provide a broad comparative coverage.