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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 English Question

The English Question

(p.195) 9 The English Question
Devolution in the UK

James Mitchell

Manchester University Press

England's place in the union and the government of England, especially its territorial nature, lie at the heart of the English Question but the ramifications of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have hardly impinged on England and the English public seem blissfully unaware of or not bothered about devolution elsewhere. There have been two quite distinct sets of English Questions. The first concerns the familiar problems associated with governing a large territory with a large, diverse population in an advanced liberal democratic state. A second and quite different set of issues has arisen since devolution was granted to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is often summed up in the West Lothian Question but goes much deeper. Devolved government has territorialised UK politics, made England more apparent as a polity, and created anomalies.

Keywords:   England, devolved government, territory, liberal democratic state, UK politics, devolution

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