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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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A chaos of areas and bodies: the English dimension

A chaos of areas and bodies: the English dimension

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Devolution in the UK

James Mitchell

Manchester University Press

England presents the greatest challenge to advocates of devolution in the UK. There is little evidence of support for a separate English Parliament or for regional government in the English regions but devolution to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland has implications for England and these implications have been significant in blocking Irish, Welsh and Scottish demands in the past. Unions with the other components of the UK meant that these others were no longer threats to England and thereby were no longer the ‘other’ which shaped England's identity. A notable part of the rhetoric of Englishness in the twentieth century was the sense of cohesiveness, a refusal to countenance any significant political role for regions within England.

Keywords:   devolution, England, English Parliament, UK, Englishness, Scotland, regional government, Wales, Northern Ireland

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