Devolution and Public Policy
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Devolution and Public Policy by Michael Keating
Book DescriptionThe United Kingdom, Spain and Belgium have all undergone political devolution in recent years, with powers transferred from central government to regions and nations within these states. There is a rich literature on devolution, but surprisingly little on its consequences for public policy. This book explores the effects of devolution on the policy process, policy substance and policy outcomes in the UK, Spain and Belgium. The chapters study a range of policy spheres, including education, health care and general social policy, examining the scope for policy innovation and policy divergence between different levels of government. The analyses highlight the scope for comparison across devolved governments, which often face similar policy challenges and seek to exercise their autonomy within similar constraints. Each study underlines the importance of pre-existing policy communities, political cultures and institutions in shaping the scope for policy innovation within devolved governments. Each study also reinforces the need to consider devolved policy-making within the context of the nation-state. Devolution altered the relationship between the state and meso communities, but there remains a considerable degree of political and policy interdependence between governments at each level of the state. This book was previously published as a special issue of Regional and Federal Studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415398978
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Michael Keating
Michael Keating is Professor and Head of Department of Political and Social Science at the European University Florence. He is also Professor of Scottish Politics at the University of Aberdeen. He previously taught at the Universities of Strathclyde and Western Ontario and has published widely on urban and regional politics and nationalism. Nicola McEwen is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She specialises in comparative territorial politics and UK devolution, and has published widely in these fields. She is co-convenor of the PSA Specialist group on British and Comparative Territorial Politics.
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