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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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Encouraging conformity, not emphasising differences: Northern Ireland

Encouraging conformity, not emphasising differences: Northern Ireland

(p.67) 4 Encouraging conformity, not emphasising differences: Northern Ireland
Devolution in the UK

James Mitchell

Manchester University Press

Leaving aside the absence of devolved institutions across the state, it is difficult to justify the notion that devolution in Northern Ireland was a form of federalism. Fundamentally, devolved institutions in Northern Ireland were created but without other features of devolved or federal arrangements. Absent from the thinking was any consideration as to relations between the centre and the devolved territory. The old Stormont Parliament was as much a perversion of devolution as majority rule was a perversion of democracy. The inequalities in political rights were certainly a consequence of devolution but arose not between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK but within Northern Ireland.

Keywords:   Northern Ireland, devolved institutions, devolution, federalism, UK, devolved territory, Stormont Parliament

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