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Governing EnglandEnglish Identity and Institutions in a Changing United Kingdom$
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Michael Kenny, Iain McLean, and Akash Paun

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266465

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266465.001.0001

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London within England: A City State?

London within England: A City State?

(p.207) 10 London within England: A City State?
Governing England

Tony Travers

British Academy

London, by virtue of its large population, has long been the dominant city within the UK. It has had a number of forms of government since the mid-19th century including, most recently, the creation of a mayor and assembly (the Greater London Authority (GLA)). This post-2000 system created a form of devolution within England, albeit a more limited one than in Scotland and Wales. The office of Mayor of London is now well established and has delivered a number of significant policy changes since inception. On occasion, the mayor has proved sufficiently powerful to prevail over the Government. London’s difference and economic success has led people in other parts of the country to feel that perhaps the capital is over-dominant and problematic. Londoners themselves feel a sense of difference, begging the question of how far the city could move towards further devolution or even to become a separate ‘city state’.

Keywords:   London, Devolution, Government, Mayor, city state

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