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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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The settled will of the Scottish people

The settled will of the Scottish people

(p.111) 6 The settled will of the Scottish people
Devolution in the UK

James Mitchell

Manchester University Press

Political systems are rarely completely transformed even after revolutions. Scottish devolution is best understood as an important development in a continuous process of challenges to and defence of existing institutions. Scottish devolution has transformed Scottish politics in significant ways. Changes affecting representation — the electoral system, number of parliamentarians, and opportunities for greater participation — have been most significant. The lack of legitimacy that marked the years before devolution was restored, and the transition was remarkably smooth. The crucial added dimension of an elected Parliament has ensured that that policy-making no longer operates within the framework of British Cabinet government but in response to the authoritative choices of a representative Scottish legislature.

Keywords:   political systems, Scottish devolution, Scottish politics, elected Parliament, British Cabinet, representation, Scottish legislature

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