Multinationalism, constitutional asymmetry and COVID: UK responses to the pandemic

Karlo Basta*, Ailsa Henderson

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article explores how the asymmetric institutionalization of the United Kingdom’s multinationality interacted with the COVID-19 pandemic. The UK’s political elite has traditionally accepted the country’s multinational character, but democratic institutionalization of it occurred relatively recently and in a remarkably asymmetric manner. Only the UK’s minority nations possess devolved governments, while the largest nation, England, is governed directly from the center. This framework has consequences for the pandemic response. It has clarified the relevance of devolved legislatures, but also highlights continued resistance of the UK’s governing elite to acknowledge the multi-level character of the state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-310
Number of pages18
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Issue number3
Early online date18 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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