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By Mahmoud Ezzamel, Noel Hyndman, Åge Johnsen, Irvine Lapsley

This booklet appears on the effectiveness of the 1999 restructuring of the united kingdom during the institution of the Scottish Parliament and the Assemblies for Northern eire and Wales, contemplating the method of devolution and its results at the key mechanisms of accounting and democratic responsibility. the various chapters during this publication study even if devolution is improving democratic responsibility, or making a fragmentary kingdom with clash and tensions among the Westminster executive and the devolved our bodies. the point of interest is at the monetary mechanisms for democratic responsibility either within the united kingdom and in overseas comparator nations (New Zealand, Norway, and the US). This publication examines the turbulent trend of relationships among critical and devolved executive and explores no matter if the current preparations for devolution within the united kingdom signify an finish online game, or whether or not they might be only a stepping stone to a extra absolutely fledged federal nation. it truly is argued that the most thrust of a few of the monetary reforms within the united kingdom has confounded, obfuscated, and complex the need for democratic responsibility.

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They have to answer oral and written questions from Assembly Members and (with the exception of the Business Minister and the Finance Minister) are also members of, and accountable to, the relevant subject committees. Assembly members from all parties are able to express their opinions as to how each subject area should be dealt with by the executive. They do this mostly through subject committees, which cover the following areas: 34 Simona Scarparo • • • • • • • Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Culture Committee Economic Development Committee Education and Lifelong Learning Committee Environment, Planning and Transport Committee Health and Social Services Committee Local Government and Housing Committee.

Among these ones, the Business Committee, composed of the Presiding Officer and representatives of the Cabinet and of the minority parties, has the important function of organising the operations of the Assembly. The committees dealing with European issues and equal opportunities were suggested by the National Advisory Group in order to guarantee that significant issues, which would affect several subject areas, are treated in a coherent way. In addition to the subject committees, and the other committees mentioned above, the Act established the creation of regional committees, which do not exist in the other devolved institutions.

However, there was still not very strong support for devolution. According to The process of devolution in the UK 31 O’Neill this was a reflection ‘of deep ambivalence about political identity’, and of the appreciation of a close integration of Wales with England (O’Neill, 2000: 76). Laffin and Thomas (2000: 558) identify three key segments of Wales: a Welsh-speaking Wales, a ‘Welsh’ Wales, which is centred on the most important old industrial areas, and an English Wales. To the extent that these segments exist, then different identities have difficulties in coexisting and they impinge upon the life and debates of Welsh politics.

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