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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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The English Question comprises two broad questions, with half a dozen different answers

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:00:49 +0000

The Constitution Unit conducted a three-year research project into the English Question, with a team of ten people led by Robert Hazell. This blog post summarises their main findings and conclusions. For a more concise introduction to the English Question and the points discussed here, see Robert Hazell’s “Bluffer’s guide“. For their book, see Robert […]

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The English Question: A Bluffer’s Guide

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:00:39 +0000

Robert Hazell offers a quick introduction to all the different answers to the English Question. A more detailed explanation of the reasoning behind the answers can be viewed here.   Devolution to Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland throws up related questions about the government of England. These fall into two broad kinds: giving England […]

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