Has devolution worked?

The verdict from policy-makers and the public

Edited by John Curtice and Bed Seyd

Has devolution worked?

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7559-9
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: November 2009
  • BIC Category: Politics, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Political structure & processes, European history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Society & social sciences / Regional government, Society & social sciences / Political structure & processes
  • Series: Devolution


Devolution to Scotland and Wales represented the most fundamental reform of the British state for almost a century. Ten years on, how successful has the reform been? Drawing on the views of citizens, elected representatives and interest groups in Scotland and Wales, this book provides an answer.

The book is based on a wide ranging programme of research, involving dedicated surveys and interviews across Scotland, Wales and England. The results provide important new evidence on how devolution has been seen to have performed. What are its perceived achievements? What are its shortcomings? Is the new devolution 'settlement' stable, or is there a demand for further reform? By bringing together perspectives from the public, members of the devolved legislatures and representatives of civil society, the book establishes a unique picture of where devolution in Britain stands today.

The book is accessibly written, and contains a wide range of useful primary data. It is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying devolution in Britain, as well as for general readers with an interest in constitutional reform and territorial politics.


1. Introduction. John Curtice and Ben Seyd
2. How we got here. Iain McLean and Alistair McMillan
3. The territorialisation of interest representation: The response of groups to devolution. Michael Keating
4. The politicians' response to devolution. Meg Russell and Akash Paun
5. The citizens' response: The performance of the devolved bodies. Ben Seyd
6. The citizens' response: Devolution and the Union. John Curtice and Ben Seyd
7. At the ballot box. John Curtice
8. Conclusion: Has devolution worked?John Curtice and Ben Seyd
Appendix. Sources of public opinion surveys.

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