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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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How Do People in England Want to Be Governed?

How Do People in England Want to Be Governed?

(p.247) 12 How Do People in England Want to Be Governed?
Governing England

John Curtice

British Academy

The advent of devolution in Scotland and Wales might have been expected to stimulate increased public support for devolution for England, not least because of a heightened sense of English identity. However, the various arguments in favour of devolution in England point to different schemes of devolution. There appears to have been an increase in the late 1990s in the proportion prioritising an English rather than a British identity, but there is no consistent evidence that this trend has continued. Although there is seemingly widespread support for the principle of devolution, this is relatively lukewarm and does not necessarily translate into backing for any particular scheme. Only EVEL enjoys widespread support. Meanwhile, there is no consistent evidence that support for devolution has increased or has become increasingly rooted in English identity, raising doubts about claims that the devolution debate has stimulated a distinct English ‘political community’.

Keywords:   Devolution, public support, England, political community, EVEL, English identity, British identity

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