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Sustainable Development and Governance in Europe by Thomas C. Hoerber, Pamela M. Barnes

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12  The UK’s devolved authorities and the European sustainability discourse

Between identity and actor hierarchy

Patricia Hogwood

Introduction

In the late 1990s the United Kingdom launched an ambitious programme of territorial devolution to regional authorities1 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This radical reform was seen as a means of addressing growing demands for greater autonomy at the regional level, without resorting to federalization (Hogwood 2004: 4). Together, the Scotland Act (1998), the Government of Wales Act (1998, 2006) and the Northern Ireland Act (1998) provided the statutory basis for legislative devolution in selected policy areas, including new or enhanced regional competencies in environmental policy. While the new ...

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