Devolution, Integration and British Sovereignty

  • Bill Coxall


England … Britain … the United Kingdom… Great Britain … or the British Isles? It is quite understandable that some citizens are not quite sure about the name of the country in which they live and use the examples above as if they were interchangeable. This situation arises from the complex constitutional structure and history of the United Kingdom. This chapter considers the implications of nationalist sentiment on the State structure and also examines Britain’s role in relation to other nation-states. Britain’s imperial role is now all but over. Has entry to the European Community resulted in citizens feeling that they are ‘European’ as well as ‘British’?


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Further Reading

  1. Birch, A. H. (1977) Political Integration and Disintegration in the British Isles, London, Allen & Unwin.Google Scholar
  2. Bulpitt, J. G. (1983) Territory and Power in the United Kingdom, Manchester, University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Drucker, H. and Brown, G. (1980) The Politics of Nationalism and Devolution, London, Longman.Google Scholar
  4. Gregory, F. E. C. (1983) Dilemma of Government: Britain and the European Community, Oxford, Martin Robertson.Google Scholar
  5. Rose, R. (1981) Understanding the United Kingdom: The Territorial Dimension in Government, London, Longman.Google Scholar

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© Bill Coxall and Lynton Robins 1992

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