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Governing England: English Identity and Institutions in a Changing United Kingdom

Michael Kenny, Iain McLean, and Akash Paun


England is ruled directly from Westminster by institutions and parties that are both English and British. The non-recognition of England reflects a long-standing assumption of ‘unionist statecraft’ that to draw a distinction between what is English and what is British risks destabilising the union state. The book examines evidence that this conflation of England and Britain is growing harder to sustain in view of increasing political divergence between the nations of the UK and the awakening of English national identity. These trends were reflected in the 2016 vote to leave the European Union, ... More

Keywords: Englishness, English nationhood, union state, national identity, Brexit, unionist statecraft, devolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780197266465
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266465.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Kenny, editor
Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Iain McLean, editor
Professor of Politics and Official Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Akash Paun, editor
Senior Fellow, The Institute for Government

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