Regional Devolution and Local Government
Regional devolution, as I understand it, does not mean the reconstruction of the United Kingdom as a federation or confederation of separate states, each with its defined field of sovereignty; nor does it mean the decentralisation by central government of the conduct of some of its present business to region-based outposts of Whitehall. It means the transfer by central government of some of the decision-making responsibilities now exercised by Whitehall, its regional directorates and its ad hoc regional agencies, to a level of democratic self-government intermediate in scale between central and local government as now constituted, but so similar in principle to local government that it could eventually serve as the upper tier of an adequately reformed system of local administration.
KeywordsLocal Government Central Government Regional Government Regional Authority County Council
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