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    How can ‘civil society’ actors influence local devolution? The case of Greater Manchester

How can ‘civil society’ actors influence local devolution? The case of Greater Manchester

David Beel highlights the ways in which Greater Manchester’s voluntary, community and social enterprise sector could seek to traverse the changing governance structures of the local Combined Authority, with the aim to move towards a more progressive form of devolution for the city-region.

The delivery of devolution to Greater Manchester has created a variety of tensions as well as opportunities […]

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    More devolution rather than independence: time for the SNP to rediscover the ‘middle way’

More devolution rather than independence: time for the SNP to rediscover the ‘middle way’

The fall in support, and considerable loss of Parliamentary representation, for the Scottish National Party in the 2017 general election, throws the immediate future of the pro-independence project into some doubt. Mark Simpson suggests that nationalists need to play a longer game, focusing for now on getting the devolved powers they need to create a more equal Scotland within […]

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    EVEL won’t worry the new government – but the West Lothian question may well do

EVEL won’t worry the new government – but the West Lothian question may well do

Following the election result some pundits have suggested that English votes for English laws might be an obstacle to the government, given its reliance on support from non-English MPs, whilst others have suggested the procedures might provide the government with an enhanced English majority. In this post Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny explain that neither of these possibilities is […]

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    How not to do devolution: Wales and the problem of legislative competence

How not to do devolution: Wales and the problem of legislative competence

There is agreement that the reserved powers model – on which Scotland and Northern Ireland operate – is a better way of devolving power than the conferred powers model – used by Wales. But the Wales Act 2017, which will move Wales to a reserved powers model, will still not solve many of the problems that the National Assembly for Wales […]

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    What does it mean for public policy to be ‘Made in Wales’?

What does it mean for public policy to be ‘Made in Wales’?

Devolution was intended to allow the different home nations to develop their own approaches to addressing the needs and issues of their communities. But what does it mean for policies to be ‘made in Wales’, and has Wales been successful in devising such distinct policies? Emily St.Denny explains.

From the offset, the case for devolution in the UK featured strong calls […]

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    Beyond metro mayors and ‘secret deals’: rethinking devolution in England

Beyond metro mayors and ‘secret deals’: rethinking devolution in England

As the guard changes in Westminster and new government seeks to differentiate itself from its predecessor, it is timely to review the state of the devolution debate, argues John Tomaney. Policymakers need to learn from the US experience and reconsider the fixation on mayors. Just as importantly, the problem with ‘secret deals’ must be addressed if devolution is going to have any real democratic […]

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    Southern Powerhouse: a chaotic process endangers combined authority deals

Southern Powerhouse: a chaotic process endangers combined authority deals

It may be Budget day before we learn whether any part of central southern England will reach an agreement with the government on a ‘devolution deal’. But the chaotic process of recent months may have damaged the credibility of what is, at its heart, a very good idea, explains John Denham.

In the past few weeks, the Hampshire and Isle […]

March 15th, 2016|Devolution, Featured|1 Comment|
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    The proposed merger of Newcastle and North Tyneside councils would diminish rather than enhance devolution

The proposed merger of Newcastle and North Tyneside councils would diminish rather than enhance devolution

Against the backdrop of talks to create a North East of England shared local authority and moves by London councils to pool certain elements of back-office functions, a suggestion that Newcastle and North Tyneside Councils should merge has been made. It came from the Newcastle Liberal Democrats, and was met with hostility from local figures in the political world. Here, John […]