Devolution, Coalitions and the Liberal Democrats: Necessary Evil or Progressive Politics?

Posted: 5 Aug 2009

Date Written: October 2007

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Holmes, Alison, Devolution, Coalitions and the Liberal Democrats: Necessary Evil or Progressive Politics? (October 2007). Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 60, Issue 4, pp. 527-547, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1441740 or http://dx.doi.org/gsm013

Alison Holmes (Contact Author)

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

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