Has Devolution Worked?: The Verdict from Policy-makers and the Public

Has Devolution Worked?: The Verdict from Policy-makers and the Public

ISBN: 0719075599

ISBN 13: 9780719075599

Publication Date: March 15, 2010

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 192

Format: Hardcover

Authors: John Curtice, Ben Seyd

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Devolution to Scotland and Wales represented the most fundamental reform of the British state for almost a century.  Ten years on, how successful has the reform been?  Drawing on the views of citizens, elected representatives and interest groups in Scotland and Wales, this book provides an answer.
The book is based on a wide ranging program of research, involving dedicated surveys and interviews across Scotland, Wales and England.  The results provide important new evidence on how devolution has been seen to have performed.  What are its perceived achievements? What are its shortcomings? Is the new devolution "settlement" stable, or is there a demand for further reform?  By bringing together perspectives from the public, members of the devolved legislatures and representatives of civil society, the book establishes a unique picture of where devolution in Britain stands today.
The book is accessibly written, and contains a wide range of useful primary data.  It is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying devolution in Britain, as well as for general readers with an interest in constitutional reform and territorial politics.

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