Politics and Governance in the UK

Second edition

by Michael Moran

Extra Resources - Chapter 10

The subject of this chapter has produced one classic study, though its argument is probably wrong: Nairn (1981). Pilkington (2002) is a pithy overview of devolution. Long before devolution appeared on the political agenda, academics were examining the stresses in the UK system: see for instance Bulpitt (1983) and Hechter (1975). Kumar (2003) examines the neglected matter of English identity. Bogdanor (1999) was a first attempt to discuss the devolution reforms; Hazell has for many years been producing an annual 'audit'; this, and many other rich sources, can be found at the Constitution Unit web site, see below. Devolution was the subject of a major research programme commissioned by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, with Charlie Jeffery as Programme Director. Jeffery’s chapter on devolution in Flinders et al (2009) synthesises much of Jeffery’s own work, and the work of the research programme which he directed. In addition, Keating (2005) and McGarvey and Cairney (2008) are book length treatments of the Scottish experience. Lynch (2006) is particularly important on the role of the First Minister.

Two particularly rich web sources exist for this subject. The Constitution Unit at University College London (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit) is a mine of information about devolution, and indeed about the changing constitution generally. For Wales, where the story is so fast moving that academic monographs are often out of date even before they appear, there is fortunately an outstanding resource, the web site of the Institute of Welsh Politics at University of Wales Aberystwyth:

http://www.aber.ac.uk/interpol/en/research/IWP/ It publishes a now long running series of research reports monitoring the progress of devolution, not only in Wales but in the other devolved system. It should be the first of call for anyone wanting to find out more about Wales.