The Smith Commission, top-down politics and local government

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The devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament does not seem to be accompanied by further decentralisation to the local councils. Local government remains but a footnote in the Scottish constitutional debate, and the inclusion of local government policy in the contributions to the Smith Commission made by Scotland’s political parties seem to be an afterthought. It remains to be seen, in a time of constitutional flux, where Scotland’s local communities will fit in.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeyond Smith
Subtitle of host publicationContributions to the Continuing Process of Scottish devolution
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2014


  • local government
  • constitutional change
  • democracy
  • devolution
  • centralization
  • Scottish Parliament


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