9780907845492

The State of the Nations: The Third Year of Devolution in the United Kingdom

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    9780907845492

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  • Copyright: 2003-01-29
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Summary

The chapters in this book cover developments in the third year of devolution in the UK, and look ahead to the devolved assembly elections in May 2003. Part 1 of the book reports on the latest developments in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions, while Part 2 analyses the impact of devolution in Westminster and Whitehall. Part 3 looks at the growing divergence in public policy resulting from devolution, and Part 4 looks ahead to the 2003 elections. Written by the Constitution Unit and the leading experts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the book is packed with facts and figures, and is essential reading for those who want to keep bang up to date with the latest developments. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Figuresp. xiv
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Forewordp. xix
Introduction: The Dynamism of Devolution in its Third Yearp. 1
The Structure of this Bookp. 1
The Nations: Walesp. 3
The Nations: Englandp. 5
The Nations: Northern Irelandp. 4
The Nations: Scotlandp. 6
The Centrep. 7
Diverging Public Policiesp. 7
The Devolved Assembly Elections in 2003p. 8
Issues in the Second Termp. 9
The Nations
From Corporate Body to Virtual Parliament The Metamorphosis of the National Assembly for Walesp. 13
A Clash of Prioritiesp. 16
The Assembly Governmentp. 18
Accountabilityp. 21
The Coalitionp. 25
Policy Divergencep. 28
Educationp. 29
Communities Firstp. 31
'A Bilingual Wales'p. 31
Engaging with the European Unionp. 32
The Richard Commissionp. 35
Finance: A Core Concernp. 38
The 'Barnett Squeeze'p. 38
EU Money and Matched Fundingp. 40
Financial Transfers and the Assembly's Powersp. 40
Unfinished Businessp. 41
Bibliographyp. 46
England Arisen?p. 49
Overviewp. 49
'Your Region, Your Choice': The Government's White Paper on Regional Governance, May 2002p. 54
The Battle for the White Paperp. 54
The Character of the White Paperp. 56
Reactions to the White Paperp. 60
Institutions of Regional Governancep. 62
Government Offices for the Regionsp. 63
Regional Development Agenciesp. 64
Regional Chambers/Assembliesp. 66
Parliamentp. 68
Whitehallp. 69
Mayorsp. 72
Outlookp. 74
Bibliographyp. 76
Northern Ireland: Valedictory?p. 79
Introductionp. 79
Fitful progressp. 80
Public Opinionp. 84
The 'Peace Process'p. 88
Trimble Agitatedp. 92
The Executivep. 94
Reorganisation of Governmentp. 96
Divisive Issuesp. 98
Annual Reportp. 101
Direct Rule Ministersp. 103
Financep. 104
Assemblyp. 106
MLA's Temperp. 112
Conclusionp. 116
Bibliographyp. 117
Third Year, Third First Ministerp. 119
Introductionp. 119
Third Year, Third First Ministerp. 119
The Scottish Narrativep. 124
Policy Divergence and Policy Convergencep. 127
Executive-Parliament Relationsp. 130
Opposition Politicsp. 136
Summary of Achievements of Devolution in the First Termp. 136
Issues in Elections and Challenges for the Second Termp. 138
Bibliographyp. 139
The State
Intergovernmental Relations Officialdom Still in Control?p. 143
The Formal Process of Interactions: Meetings and Agreementsp. 145
The Joint Ministerial Committee and Concordatsp. 145
The British Irish Council and North-South Ministerial Conferencep. 149
Finance: Barnett Persists but so do the Questionsp. 151
The Power of the Treasury: Paying for Sutherland and Objective 1 for Walesp. 151
The Comprehensive Spending Reviewp. 152
The Civil Servicep. 154
Room at the Top?p. 154
The New Office of the Deputy Prime Ministerp. 155
Legislation and the Lawp. 158
Walesp. 158
Scotlandp. 160
Devolution and the Courtsp. 162
The Scrutiny of Intergovernmental Relationsp. 163
Conclusionp. 165
Bibliographyp. 166
Evolution from Devolution The Experience at Westminsterp. 169
Introduction: The Limits of Modernisationp. 169
Inter-Parliamentary Relationsp. 173
The Post-Devolution House of Commonsp. 173
The House of Lordsp. 174
The Role of MPs from Scotland and Walesp. 175
The Departmental Select Committeesp. 178
Modernisation and the Select Committeesp. 179
The Work of Territorial Select Committeesp. 180
Joint Committee Meetingsp. 182
The Grand Committeesp. 183
Scrutiny of Legislationp. 185
Legislation--the West Lothian Questionp. 186
Legislation for Northern Irelandp. 187
Legislation for Walesp. 187
Legislation for Scotlandp. 188
Relations Between MPs and Members of the Devolved Parliaments/Assembliesp. 189
The Role of the House of Lordsp. 190
Conclusionp. 191
Bibliographyp. 192
Public Policy Divergence
Policy Divergence Will it Change Something in Greenock?p. 195
Understanding Devolved Health Policymakingp. 196
What has happened?p. 198
Organisationp. 199
Englandp. 199
Scotlandp. 200
Walesp. 201
Northern Irelandp. 202
New Public Healthp. 203
Walesp. 204
Scotlandp. 205
Northern Irelandp. 206
Englandp. 207
Public and Privatep. 208
Englandp. 208
Scotlandp. 209
Northern Irelandp. 210
Walesp. 211
Summary of Outcomesp. 212
Bibliographyp. 213
Free Personal Care Policy Divergence and Social Citizenshipp. 215
Introductionp. 215
Free Personal Care and the Sutherland Reportp. 217
Analysing the Casep. 222
Central Policy Frameworkp. 222
Inter-regional Equalisationp. 224
Political and Cultural Differencesp. 226
Relative Strength of Stakeholdersp. 228
Structural Explanations for the Use of Policy Spacep. 229
Design of the Scottish Parliament and Electoral Systemp. 229
The Division of Responsibilitiesp. 230
Conclusionp. 232
Bibliographyp. 233
The 2003 Elections, and Issues in the Second Term
Elections in Multi-Level Systems Lessons for the UK from Abroadp. 239
Introductionp. 239
Are Regional Elections 'Second Order' Elections?p. 242
First and Second Order Electionsp. 243
Germanyp. 245
Spainp. 248
Canadap. 249
The Territorial Dimensionp. 251
Scotland and Wales: Lessons from Abroadp. 253
Conclusionp. 260
Bibliographyp. 261
Devolution Meets the Voters The Prospects for 2003p. 263
Introductionp. 263
Turnoutp. 266
Party Choicep. 272
The Electoral Systemp. 279
Conclusionp. 281
Appendixp. 281
Bibliographyp. 282
Conclusion: The Devolution Scorecard as the Devolved Assemblies Head for the Pollsp. 285
Devolution's Main Achievementsp. 285
Devolution is Here to Stayp. 285
Devolution has introduced a More Responsive Kind of Politicsp. 286
Openness and Accessibility in the Scottish Parliamentp. 286
Partnership Councils in Walesp. 286
Stakeholders in Regional Chambers in Englandp. 288
Impact of the 'New Politics'p. 289
Devolution has Produced Different Public Policiesp. 290
Devolution's Difficulties and Failuresp. 292
Wales Contemplates the Need for Stronger Legislative Powersp. 293
Northern Ireland Collapses for the Fourth Timep. 294
The English Regions Move Slowly Forwardp. 295
Whitehall Muddles Throughp. 296
The Lords Ride to the Rescuep. 296
Challenges ahead in the Second Term of Devolutionp. 297
What will the Manifestoes Say? Challenges Facing the Parties in 2003p. 297
Wales Needs a New Settlementp. 298
English Regions must make up their Mindsp. 299
Can the System take the Strain?p. 300
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 303
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