The English Question

Edited by Robert Hazell

The English Question


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7369-4
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: April 2006
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Society & social sciences / Nationalism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning, Politics & government, Politics
  • Series: Devolution


England remains a gaping hole in the devolution settlement. Devolution will not be complete, and the settlement may not be stable, until the English Question has been solved. This book explains the different formulations of the question - does England need to find its own political voice following devolution to Scotland and Wales? Do the English to want an English Parliament, Regional assemblies in England; or 'English votes on English laws'? Are the English content to muddle through, with no separate representation or political voice?

The book opens with three historical chapters to root the current debates strongly in their historical context. It is also up to date, with analysis of the North East referendum result, and of the feasibility of English votes on English laws.

This is an important and timely book, written by the leading experts in the field. It will be of interest to policy makers and practitioners, and to academics and students of devolution.


1. What is the English Question? - Robert Hazell
2. England and the Union since 1707 - Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan
3. The challenges to English identity - Authur Aughey
4. The government of England by Westminster - Meg Russell and Guy Lodge
5. Whitehall and the government of England - Guy Lodge and James Mitchell
6. What the people say - if anything - John Curtice
7. From functional to political regionalism: England in comparative perspective - Michael Keating
8. The idea of English regionalism - John Tomaney
9. Facts on the ground: The growth of institutional answers to the English Question in the regions - Mark Sandford
10. A very English institution: Central and local in the English NHS - Scott L. Greer
11. What are the answers to the English Question? - Robert Hazell


Robert Hazell is Professor of Government and Director of the Constitution Unit within the School of Public Policy at University College London

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