The Smith Commission: An Elite-Driven Process

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Abstract

Drawing on an extensive set of elite interviews, this chapter offers insights into the Smith Commission, convened by David Cameron the morning after the Scottish independence referendum to agree a package of new powers for the Scottish Parliament. Exploring the attitudes of politicians, civil servants and civic leaders, the chapter argues that this was an elite-driven process that, whilst technically successful in delivering an outcome by an agreed deadline, was lacking in terms of public engagement and participation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK
Subtitle of host publicationA Missed Opportunity?
EditorsDaniel Kenealy, Jan Eichhorn, Richard Parry, Lindsay Paterson, Alexandra Redmond
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter4
Pages77-102
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783319528182
ISBN (Print)9783319528175
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameComparative Territorial Politics
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan UK

Keywords

  • Scottish independence
  • devolution
  • Scottish parliament
  • constitution
  • consultations
  • Smith Commission

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  • Conclusion

    Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A., 2017, Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK: A Missed Opportunity?. Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 149-159 (Comparative Territorial Politics).

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  • Introduction

    Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A., 2017, Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK: A Missed Opportunity?. Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 1-19 (Comparative Territorial Politics).

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  • Political Engagement

    Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A., 2017, Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK: A Missed Opportunity?. Kenealy, D., Eichhorn, J., Parry, R., Paterson, L. & Remond, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 21-44 (Comparative Territorial Politics).

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