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Cases & Materials on Constitutional & Administrative Law

Cases & Materials on Constitutional & Administrative Law (12th edn)

Brian Thompson and Michael Gordon
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p. 3428. Devolutionlocked

p. 3428. Devolutionlocked

  • Brian ThompsonBrian ThompsonSenior Lecturer at Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool
  •  and Michael GordonMichael GordonSenior Lecturer at Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool.


Extracts have been chosen from a wide range of historical and contemporary cases to illustrate the reasoning processes of the courts and to show how legal principles are developed. This chapter focuses on devolution. The nature of the asymmetrical devolution of legislative and executive power to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland is outlined, along with the position in England, with the ongoing change to these arrangements analysed. Some issues related to devolution which have been raised in the UK courts are then considered, with the chapter using a range of examples from across the UK to discuss the extent to which the devolution settlement is dynamic and continuing to change.

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