Devolution in the United Kingdom: Constitutional Law and Constitutional Convention

Forthcoming in Torre (ed), Il Regno è ancora Unito? La Scozia tra indipendenza e devolution (Maggioli, Italy, 2015)

3 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2015

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Mark Elliott

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 22, 2015

Abstract

In this short contribution to an edited collection on devolution in the United Kingdom, I address the proposals in the Scotland Bill to make the Scottish devolved institutions permanent and to place the Sewel Convention, regulating the exercise of the UK Parliament's legislative authority in respect of Scottish devolved matters, on a statutory footing. In considering the constitutional implications of those matters, I present two contrasting readings premised respectively upon legal and political modes of constitutionalism, arguing that the contemporary reality of devolution in the UK cannot properly be understood unless viewed through both legal and political lenses.

Keywords: devolution, parliamentary sovereignty, legal constitutionalism, political constitutionalism

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K19, K20, K29, K30

Suggested Citation

Elliott, Mark C., Devolution in the United Kingdom: Constitutional Law and Constitutional Convention (June 22, 2015). Forthcoming in Torre (ed), Il Regno è ancora Unito? La Scozia tra indipendenza e devolution (Maggioli, Italy, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2621456

Mark C. Elliott (Contact Author)

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Law ( email )

10 West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DZ
United Kingdom

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