Devolution: A Historical and Global context

8th September 2015.

The ‘Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill’ proposes to alter the structures of political control in England and Wales. The bill allows for the appointment of mayors with additional powers and responsibilities over combined authorities and thus empowers local leaders to control their expenditure in a way that aligns with local objectives. However, fears exist that a lack of community engagement and social sector involvement in this process could entrench existing inequalities.  Therefore, it is imperative that new governance structures actively accommodate the voices of citizens and the social economy; yet, it is only through looking at lessons from history and around the world that we can ensure devolution is seen as a positive contributor in centuries to come.