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Devolution and Power in the United Kingdom.

Devolution and Power in the United Kingdom. Alan Trench, editor. Manchester University Press. [pounds sterling]60.00. xiii+316 pages. ISBN 978-0-7190-7575-9. When the Blair administration set out to remake the Constitution they brought in devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland with varying support and success. This collection of twelve essays looks at the nature of power in the working of devolved governments up to the end of 2005. After an introduction by the editor there are papers devoted to an overall-view of the country's new Constitution, the formal structure of devolved power, the power of money, the role of HM Treasury, practical outcomes as seen in policy-making, a close look at devolution and health policy (the system whereby the Scots and Welsh get better treatment for which the English pay), intergovernmental relations and the resolution of disputes, the role of political parties and intergovernmental relations, the role of the EU, the UK as a federalised or 'regionalised' union (yet more 'regional' governments to increase the number of politicians even further) and a conclusion by the editor on the territorial distribution of power in the new system. In this he argues that the present 'benign' system with much theoretical power and much Whitehall control will, in time, crack and then the fun will begin. (G.F.B.)
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Publication:Contemporary Review
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Date:Jun 22, 2008
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