Devolved and local government

  • F. N. Forman
  • N. D. J. Baldwin
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Abstract

The United Kingdom is a unitary, multi-national state. Consequently, all political authority is ultimately centralised. Constituencies in all the component parts of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — send representatives to the national Parliament at Westminster. However, following the election of a Labour Government in 1997, a Scottish Parliament with devolved powers, including primary law-making and tax-varying powers, was introduced and is to become fully operational in 2000. Similarly, a Welsh Assembly was introduced, also to be fully operational in 2000, while an Assembly for Northern Ireland came into being as a consequence of the so-called ‘peace process’.

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  • N. D. J. Baldwin

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