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UK devolution and the European Union: a tale of cooperative asymmetry?

Bulmer, Simon and Burch, Martin and Hogwood, Patricia and Scott, Andrew (2006) UK devolution and the European Union: a tale of cooperative asymmetry? Publius, 36 (1). pp. 75-93. ISSN 0048-5950


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/publius/pjj007


The post 1999 devolution project has resulted in a major recalibration of the pre-existing arrangements for making European Union policy within the UK. The devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales (but not the English regions) have gained in electoral legitimacy and legislative powers, and thereby a greater claim to consultation with UK central government. Four key characteristics of EU policy making in a devolved UK are identified. The legal contingency of the 'devolveds'' status has not yet impeded traditional cooperative relations between government tiers, but the stability of the new arrangements remains in question. The UK case is compared to EU regionalisation in other member states and a distinction is drawn between a cooperative regionalist approach (the devolveds) and a consultative one (the English regions).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Devolution, Regions, European Union, UK
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:3992
Deposited On:24 May 2007
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:32

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