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Devolution in the United Kingdom: origins, forms and evolution


  • Elodie Fabre


One of the most recent transformations of the structure of a state came in the aftermath of Belgian federalisation. The United Kingdom underwent a process of empowerment of regional entities after Labour’s landslide victory of 1997. British devolution, however, took a very different form, one that is both less extensive and more asymmetrical than the form of federalism chosen in Belgium. This paper describes the institutional set-up of devolution in Scotland and Wales, reports the results of the devolved elections and discusses the political debates on the future of devolution. It shows that devolution, which Labour envisioned as a way to settle the debates on self-rule in eth Celtic fringes, is instead a process.

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  • Elodie Fabre, 2009. "Devolution in the United Kingdom: origins, forms and evolution," Working Papers VIVES Research Centre for Regional Economics 11, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, VIVES Research Centre for Regional Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ete:vivwps:11

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