Devolution

Further Devolution Won’t Fix Scotland’s Democratic Malaise

Author / Creator: David Jamieson

Media type: Opinion

Date published: 2022

further devolution is not a meaningful response to Scotland’s democratic impasse.


Taking back control? Brexit and the territorial constitution of the United Kingdom

Author / Creator: Michael Keating

Media type: Article

Date published: 2021

Brexit removed the external support for Devolution. The territorial tensions are made worse by the fact that majorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland opposed it. There have been three responses: United Kingdom as a unitary state; to fragment into its nations; and to seek a Brexit with exceptions. Only Northern Ireland has been granted n exceptions.


The Smith Commission Report - Overview

Author / Creator: Scottish Parliament Information Centre

Media type: Report

Date published: 2015

Smith Commission report is analysed by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre.


CAMPBELL II The second report of the Home Rule and Community Rule Commission

Author / Creator: Scottish Liberal Democrats

Media type: Report

Date published: 2014

The 2014 Scottish Liberal Democrats proposal for a Federal UK


Scotland in the United Kingdom: An enduring settlement

Author / Creator: UK Government

Media type: Report

Date published: 2015

The UK Government response to the Smith Commission


The Smith Commission; COSLA Convention Item 3

Author / Creator: COSLA

Media type: Report

Date published: 2014

The COSLA review of the implications of the Smith Commission report for local government.


Report of the Smith Commission for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament

Author / Creator: Smith Commission

Media type: Report

Date published: 2014

Text of the Smith Commission report


Further Devolution Won’t Fix Scotland’s Democratic Malaise

Author / Creator: David Jamieson

Media type: Discussion Paper

Date published: 2022

further devolution is not a meaningful response to Scotland’s democratic impasse.


Worth the wait? Reforming Intergovernmental Relations

Author / Creator: Nicola McEwen

Media type: Article

Date published:

Intergovernmental relations (IGR) have long been the weak link in the UK’s system of devolution. Overall, the reforms carry the potential for significant improvements to the system.


Brexit and Beyond: the union

Author / Creator: UK in a Changing Europe

Media type: Report

Date published: February 2021

What happens to powers that were formerly exercised at the EU level, but which fall within devolved competence, has been a recurrent source of disagreement between the UK Government and the devolved administrations.


The dilemma of devolution – more powers but potentially worse off

Author / Creator: Richard Parry

Media type: Article

Date published:

Increments [of devolved powers]...expose yet more anomalies and disadvantages to Scotland that only the full powers of independence would resolve.


Devolution

Author / Creator: Malcolm Harvey

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

Devolution has caused a de facto decentralisation of the UK, although such arrangements as the Sewel Convention can be over turned by the Westminster government.


Twin Tracks: Cultural and Political Nationalism after 1967

Author / Creator: Scott Hames

Media type: Book

Date published: 2020

The idea of Devolution arriving on a wave of artistic Renaissance and rising national ‘confidence’ is too simplistic, and obscures important disparities between the ‘twin tracks’ of cultural and political nationalism.


Scottish devolution at 20: some hits, some misses and that eternal maybe

Author / Creator: Christopher A Whatley

Media type: News Media

Date published:

Many hoped devolution would kill nationalism stone dead. Labour colleagues failed to grasp Scots’ powerful sense of nationhood. Although a Labour man argued that devolution could lead to independence. Alex Salmond  asserted that independence was “rendered inevitable when the Scottish parliament was established”. 


A Sign on the Road

Author / Creator: John S Warren

Media type: News Media

Date published:

A critique of "Strength in Union: The Case for the United Kingdom", and especially Alister Jack's view of Scotland in the Union.


Strength in Union: The Case for the United Kingdom

Author / Creator: Alister Jack

Media type: Collection of essays by a Conservative Think Tank

Date published: September 2021

Is Scotland a Nation or a Region. MP David Cameron called Scotland a Nation in September 2014 in the run up to the Referendum. In 2021, Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, refers to Scotland as a region.


An Unequal Kingdom: The Barriers to Federalism in the UK

Author / Creator: Craig Dalzell

Media type: Policy Paper

Date published: April 2018

Federalism will not work without constitutions for all the parts of the UK and most importantly England.  Without defined powers England can undo any federalism.