Rescaling the State: Devolution and the Geographies of Economic Governance

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Rescaling the State provides a theoretically-informed and empirically-rich account of the process of devolution undertaken in the UK since 1997, focusing in particular on the devolution of economic governance. Using case studies from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, the book examines the purported reasons for, and the unintended consequences of, devolution. As well as comparing policy and practice across the four devolved territories, the book also explores the pitfalls and instances of good ...

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Overview

Rescaling the State provides a theoretically-informed and empirically-rich account of the process of devolution undertaken in the UK since 1997, focusing in particular on the devolution of economic governance. Using case studies from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, the book examines the purported reasons for, and the unintended consequences of, devolution. As well as comparing policy and practice across the four devolved territories, the book also explores the pitfalls and instances of good practice associated with devolution in the UK.

Rescaling the State is an important text for all social scientists – particularly political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and human geographers – interested in the devolution of power in the UK and, indeed, all instances of contemporary state restructuring. It is also a significant book for all policy-makers interested in understanding the increasing complexity of the policy landscapes of economic governance in the UK.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719076374
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Goodwin is Professor of Human Geography and Dean, College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter.

Martin Jones is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University and Co-Director, Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).

Rhys Jones is Professor of Political Geography, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Devolution and the Geographies of Economic Governance
1. The Theoretical Challenge of Devolution and Constitutional Change
2. New Politics/New Institutions/New Strategies
3. Territories and Scales of Economic Governance
4. Peopling a Devolved UK State
5. The Political Geographies of Filling in: The Case of Northern Ireland
Conclusions: Devolution in Retrospect  
References

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