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Beyond Devolution and DecentralisationBuilding Regional Capacity in Wales and Brittany$
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Alistair Cole

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070921

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070921.001.0001

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Comparing France and the United Kingdom

Comparing France and the United Kingdom

(p.18) 2 Comparing France and the United Kingdom
Beyond Devolution and Decentralisation

Alistair Cole

Manchester University Press

There are important differences between France and the United Kingdom, in terms of both their inherent characteristics and their overarching state environments. While in France the regional layer covers the entire national territory, the pattern is more asymmetrical within the UK. On the other hand, if the regions in France are more consistently present throughout the national territory, their formal powers are weaker than those of the devolved territories in the UK, including those of the National Assembly for Wales. There are also many similarities between France and the United Kingdom. In both France and the United Kingdom, there has traditionally been little demand in most areas for regional political institutions. In both states, regional institutions, where they exist, are newcomers.

Keywords:   France, devolved territories, National Assembly, Wales, United Kingdom, regional political institutions

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