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​Who said devolution has been a 'disaster'?

Mike McCartney

25th November 2020

Significant social change as part of the post 1997 constitutional reforms

The success or otherwise of devolution, i.e. assessing and evaluating the impact of transferring power to a lower body, is a key topic in A Level Politics.

A couple of arguments in favour of devolution might be:

(i) Democracy has been enhanced within the UK since government is much more region sensitive:, e.g. the congestion charge in London;

(ii) On a separate but related note, the new legislatures act as policy laboratories - e.g. the Scottish-first smoking ban.

If we want a key, and arguably, very persuasive, policy example that fits with both of these arguments, then we can consider the fact that today Scotland has made worldwide headlines (you can read news organisations from the USA, to South Africa, to Australia covering this story) as the first country in history to pass a law with regards to tackling period poverty.

See here for more detail:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP4OTvfng0U

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...




Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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