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Intergovernmental relations and health in Great Britain after devolution

Trench, Alan and Greer, Scott (2010) Intergovernmental relations and health in Great Britain after devolution. Policy and Politics, 38 (4). pp. 509-529. ISSN 0305-5736

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Identification Number: 10.1332/030557310X501802


Political devolution allowed policy divergence around the UK. But England, Scotland and Wales must coexist within the UK, which means that the overarching rules of devolution shape their policy options. What friction emerges, what does it mean for health and how does the UK deal with it? This article, based on extensive elite interviewing, identifies 'bottom-up' issues in which health policy divergence creates intergovernmental friction and 'top-down' issues in which broader conflicts affect health. The rest of the article identifies and explains the mechanisms of coordination and dispute resolution,finding them probably inadequate to managing conflict.

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Additional Information: © 2010 The Policy Press
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2011 14:52
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:47

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