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A DisUnited Kingdom? Will Devolution Strengthen or Weaken the Union? Jan Erik Mustad Senior Lecturer University of Agder

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1 A DisUnited Kingdom? Will Devolution Strengthen or Weaken the Union? Jan Erik Mustad Senior Lecturer University of Agder Tel :

2 Devolution and the Union The idea of Devolution – Governance – Identity and belonging – Political parties – Regional autonomy

3 Devolution and the Union Will Devolution lead to the Union’s break-up? – After Britain or a Dis- United Kingdom – The current state of the Union History, 1543, 1707, 1801, 1921 Which parameters formed it? The Heart of the Matter

4 Devolution and the Union Threats to the Union – Internal forces Scotland ’The Irish Problem’ Nationalism vs. Identity Immigration Devolution?

5 Devolution and the Union Unifying factors Monarchy Religion Britishness Outer enemy EU-USA Multiculturalism Devolution?


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