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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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In search of legitimacy: Northern Ireland since 1972

In search of legitimacy: Northern Ireland since 1972

(p.167) 8 In search of legitimacy: Northern Ireland since 1972
Devolution in the UK

James Mitchell

Manchester University Press

Devolution in Northern Ireland differs markedly from that which operates in Scotland and Wales. But devolution was never seen as an end in itself but as part of a complex constitutional structure. If there was concern in London about devolving power to Scotland and Wales, at times it seemed that London could not wait to devolve the penury of responsibility for Northern Ireland back to Stormont. The delay of eighteen months between the Belfast Agreement being signed and formal transfer of power as well as its discontinuous operation led to Wilson and Wilford referring to devolution in Northern Ireland as ‘an event rather than a process’.

Keywords:   devolution, Scotland, Wales, Belfast Agreement, Northern Ireland, Stormont

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