Devolution, Coalitions and the Liberal Democrats: Necessary Evil or Progressive Politics?
Posted: 5 Aug 2009
Date Written: October 2007
Devolution has created a range of issues for the central organisation of political parties. This paper looks at these pressures and specifically at the Liberal Democrats given their unique federal structure. It will also examine the impact of the coalition arrangements in the devolved bodies on the overall organisational structure of the Party and its national strategy. While the Party's structure was initially helpful, it would seem federalism does not necessarily lie neatly with devolution. The Liberal Democrat coalitions in both Scotland and Wales have increased the Party's credibility, but it could also create different priorities between the national parties and their English colleagues, particularly, if there are changes in the configuration of power in the nations and at Westminster.
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