2017
DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2017.1360486
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Territory, power and statecraft: understanding English devolution

Abstract: In recent decades, the devolution of power to subnational regional authorities has formed a key element of what has been termed the 'unravelling' or 'unbundling' of the state in many parts of the world. Even in the United Kingdom, with its distinctive global reputation as a power-hoarding majoritarian democracy, the devolution of powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland since 1998 can be located within this broader devolutionary dynamic. In recent years, this process has focused on 'the English question'… Show more

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“…We believe that our study of the Living Wage, while small in scale, serves as a partial corrective to this orthodoxy. The findings indicate that not even the British state is unitary and point to the distinctive policies developed within devolved government, part of a global trend towards ‘unbundling’, the strengthening of subnational levels of government (Ayres et al ., 2018). The findings also attest to the significance of political parties and highlight the emergence of a new social democratic politics of the labour market of which the Living Wage forms a part.…”
Section: Resultsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…We believe that our study of the Living Wage, while small in scale, serves as a partial corrective to this orthodoxy. The findings indicate that not even the British state is unitary and point to the distinctive policies developed within devolved government, part of a global trend towards ‘unbundling’, the strengthening of subnational levels of government (Ayres et al ., 2018). The findings also attest to the significance of political parties and highlight the emergence of a new social democratic politics of the labour market of which the Living Wage forms a part.…”
Section: Resultsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The largely secretive agreement set a precedent for a patchwork of subsequent deal‐based devolution settlements across England, heavily steered by central government with an absence of a solid constitutional basis or public debate (Ayres et al . ).…”
Section: Devolving Health and Social Care In Greater Manchester Englandmentioning
confidence: 97%
“…This gave the region new, if highly constrained, controls over issues such as transport, housing and planning, conditional on an elected Metro Mayor and privileging agglomerative urban economic growth (Haughton et al 2016). The largely secretive agreement set a precedent for a patchwork of subsequent deal-based devolution settlements across England, heavily steered by central government with an absence of a solid constitutional basis or public debate (Ayres et al 2018).…”
Section: Devolving Health and Social Care In Greater Manchester Englandmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…While there have been efforts to devolve powers locally, aimed primarily at English city-regions, these attempts are confined to a relatively small number of areas. This devolution agenda has also been criticised for being led from the top-down, lacking adequate consultation and citizen engagement, lacking policy ambition, and failing to give devolved areas the necessary resources (for example Ayres, Flinders and Sandford, 2018). This centralisation is compounded by the financial situation of local authorities, who are highly dependent on central government grants.…”
Section: Why Does Brexit Matter For Local Government?mentioning
confidence: 99%