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Inside Devolution 2011

27 September 2011

Scottish Government

The Institute for Government, in partnership with the UCL Constitution Unit, organised a major conference on devolution on 23 September 2011.

At this event, senior officials from the UK and devolved administrations, as well as academics and other experts discussed key issues relating to the changing context of devolution, lessons from the first decade, the difficulties of making and coordinating policy across a devolved UK, and the management of relations between the administrations.

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