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Devolution as Process: Institutional Structures, State Personnel and Transport Policy in the United Kingdom

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Danny MacKinnonORCiD, Professor James Shaw


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Devolution has been described as a key ‘global trend’ over recent decades as governments have decentralised power and responsibilities to subordinate regional institutions. UK devolution is characterised by its asymmetrical nature with different territories granted different institutional arrangements and powers. This paper seeks to examine the role of state personnel in mobilising the new institutional machinery and managing the process of devolution, focusing on transport policy. The research presented shows a clear contrast between London and Northern Ireland, on the one hand, and Scotland and Wales, on the other, in terms of the effectiveness of political leaders in creating clear policy priorities and momentum in transport.

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Author(s): MacKinnon D, Shaw J, Docherty I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Space and Polity

Year: 2010

Volume: 14

Issue: 3

Pages: 271-287

Print publication date: 23/11/2010

ISSN (print): 1356-2576

ISSN (electronic): 1470-1235

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/13562576.2010.532965


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