Devolution Matters

I've just come across a new blog by Alan Trench called


Alan certainly seems well qualified to blog on this subject. Here is how he describes himself:

I am an academic, associated with the University of Edinburgh and the Constitution Unit at University College London. I am also a solicitor admitted in England and Wales, now non-practising. My work on devolution has concentrated on intergovernmental relations and how devolution affects the UK state at the centre, though I’ve also done a good deal of work on Wales. Friends say I have a unique knowledge of how devolution affects all parts of the UK.

I’ve published numerous papers and book chapters on various aspects of devolution, and edited several books too, including recently Devolution and Power in the United Kingdom and The State of the Nations 2008. I’ve written for papers such as The Herald, The Scotsman and the Western Mail, and made broadcast appearances on various programmes mainly in Scotland or Wales. I’ve also contributed sections on intergovernmental relations (and sometimes also finance) to the Devolution Monitoring Reports co-ordinated by the Constitution Unit at UCL since 2005.

As well as devolution in the UK, I’m interested in how federal and decentralised systems of government work in other countries around the world. I’ve carried out work on Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Spain, and have a working knowledge of other systems including the United States, Belgium and Italy.

I have been specialist adviser on aspects of devolution for two House of Lords select committees – the Constitution Committee for its major inquiry on Devolution: Inter-Institutional Relations in the United Kingdom in 2001-03, and more recently the Ad Hoc Select Committee on The Barnett Formula. I’ve also submitted evidence to many other inquiries, including recently the Calman Commission in Scotland, the Holtham Commission in Wales and the Commons Justice Committee’s inquiry into Devolution: A Decade On. I am constitutional adviser to Tomorrow’s Wales/Cymru Yfory.

Definitely one to add to our bloglists.

... and if Cymru Yfory could get their feed to work, their blog would be on my bloglist too.

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