Changing UK Governance under Devolution

Richard Parry

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The 2007 elections in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales resulted in nationalist ministers entering the devolved governments and holding out the prospect of new patterns of governance. The article examines some early initiatives, including moves towards a separate Scottish Civil Service, greater integration of the Scottish Executive, a pro-welfare state coalition in Wales, a Northern Ireland Executive reappraising moves to public sector reform under direct rule, and pressure for more formalized mechanisms of intergovernmental relations within the UK. As nationalist parties lack the political majority to take forward their constitutional aspirations, their main contribution to governance may come through developing an alternative centre-left perspective on traditional UK patterns.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-120
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Policy and Administration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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