Coming to terms with spatial change - transport and devolution in Britain



Docherty I (2008) Coming to terms with spatial change - transport and devolution in Britain. Geocarrefour, 83 (2), pp. 151-161.

Devolution – the term used to describe the particular process of governmental decentralisation in Britain – is perhaps the most important change in the systems and structures of British governance in 300 years. Highly complex and asymmetric, devolution is supported by both unionists and nationalists for different reasons, and offers the potential both for real policy innovation and significant conflict between the central state and the devolved administrations. This paper traces the development of transport policy under devolution in order to demonstrate how changing spaces of governance have created different (spatial) priorities for public policy. It concludes that the early phases of devolution have been something of a ‘catch up’ process for Britain, but that the pace of change now evident is likely to lead to further governmental and constitutional reform

Geocarrefour: Volume 83, Issue 2

FundersUniversity of Glasgow
Publication date31/12/2008
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Professor Iain Docherty

Professor Iain Docherty

Dean of Institute for Advanced Studies