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Devolution in the UK$
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James Mitchell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719053580

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719053580.001.0001

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Approaching to Arch-angelic: administrative devolution in Scotland

Approaching to Arch-angelic: administrative devolution in Scotland

(p.16) 2 Approaching to Arch-angelic: administrative devolution in Scotland
Devolution in the UK

James Mitchell

Manchester University Press

The ability of Scottish Office officials to know local conditions, local councillors, and local officials is inevitably greater than that of functional departments in Whitehall simply by virtue of the smaller size of Scotland. The Scottish Office adapted policies to suit Scotland. It allowed for the preservation of Scottish distinctiveness while maintaining the essential supremacy of Parliament. Although it allowed for Scottish distinctiveness, it failed to cater for Scottish democracy in the sense that it remained accountable to Parliament at Westminster, a UK rather than a Scottish forum. The Scottish Office, more than any other institution, represented the union state nature of the Anglo-Scottish relationship.

Keywords:   Scottish Office, Scotland, Scottish democracy, Whitehall, UK, Anglo-Scottish relationship, Parliament, Westminster

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