Devolution and inequality: a sorry tale of ineffectual government and failure to create a community of equals?

Carlo Morelli, Paul Seaman

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    Abstract

    This paper assesses the impact of devolution within the United Kingdom on household equality in terms of both income and social inclusion. Using British Household Panel Study data it suggests that devolution appears to have had no discernable impact on income inequality, in the two most far reaching examples of devolution i.e. Scotland and Wales. An influence on social inclusion can be detected but is suggested to have been both weak and temporary in relation to other regions within the UK. The paper concludes with explanations for the paucity of devolutions impact on equality.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Publication series

    NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    No.181
    ISSN (Print)1473-236X

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    Keywords

    • United Kingdom
    • Devolution
    • Gini coefficient
    • Equality
    • Social inclusion
    • BHPS
    • British household panel study

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    Morelli, C., & Seaman, P. (2005). Devolution and inequality: a sorry tale of ineffectual government and failure to create a community of equals? (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; No. 181). University of Dundee.