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It's the last week of the first phase of the project and thanks everyone for your contributions so far. The devolution debate in the UK is often hindered by differing interpretations of the main underlying principle of devolving power. Mainly, is the principle of devolution about bringing more power and decision making to a local level or is it about reinforcing the national or sub-national identities within the UK? A big aspect of this debate is whether England should be regionalised or...

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The issue of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) is now a part of the General Election campaign. The Tories have published proposals that would give English MPs and sometimes Welsh MPs more of a say in the amending of legislation that only affects England, or England and Wales. This will accompany greater devolution for Scotland. Some MPs want broader proposals that ban Scottish MPs voting on English-only or English and Welsh-only issues altogether. Others see such proposals as dangerous...

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Should a written constitution specify limits to the UK's technical Parliamentary Sovereignty? I'm inclined to think that Parliamentary Sovereignty as it currently stands is advantageous as it allows the British Constitution to be more flexible and makes it easier to change aspects of it that may become unnecessary or inapporpriate over time such as royal power or centralisation/devolution. Many countries with constitutions that are difficult to change find themselves stuck with aspects that...

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Unlike Wales, Scotland or London the devolved Assembly of Northern Ireland has a unique institutional structure as a result of the violent history in the region. Currently the power-sharing system in place mandates a permanent coalition in order for the Assembly to function - both the main Unionist and Nationalist parties must share power in the Executive while there is no official opposition (although there are some parties who do not have seats in the Executive). There are ongoing...

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Michael Ward

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Jan 12, 2015

Bio Master's student of Comparative Politics at the LSE. My academic interests include public opinion analysis, electoral strategies and political nationalism.

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Undergraduate degree

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