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Reflections on the 'devolution paradox': a comparative examination of multilevel citizenship

Henderson, Ailsa, Jeffery, Charlie, Wincott, Daniel ORCID: and Wyn Jones, Richard ORCID: 2013. Reflections on the 'devolution paradox': a comparative examination of multilevel citizenship. Regional Studies 47 (3) , pp. 303-322. 10.1080/00343404.2013.768764

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This paper addresses a paradox in the literature on federal and decentralized states: citizens want their regional governments to do more and yet seem reluctant to embrace the logical consequences of regional control, namely inter-regional policy variation and limited state-wide intervention in policy provision. Based on a survey conducted in fourteen regions across Austria, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, the extent of this devolution paradox is clarified and variables that seem to mitigate or exacerbate its presence, including strength of regional identity, regional institutional authority and regional economic wealth, are identified. The analysis helps one to understand where and how multilevel citizenship operates.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizenship; Public policy; Devolution; Regions; Federalism
Additional Information: Special Issue: Towards a Regional Political Science: Data and Methods ‘Beyond Methodological Nationalism’
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0034-3404
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:38

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