Governing England

One part of the United Kingdom is often missing from literature and debates about governance, constitution and identity: England. In the aftermath of referendums on Scottish independence and Brexit, the identity and preferences of those who live in England and consider themselves English has become more important. Who are they and how do they want to be governed?
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Policy

The British Academy’s Governing England programme was established in 2016 to explore questions about England’s governance, institutions and identity. The project was conceived to address the place of England in academic literature at a time when Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland received increased attention, but the largest member of the Union did not.  Since then the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Brexit vote have brought the political preferences of those in England and those who identify as English into sharp relief.

Through this programme the Academy sought to ask questions around how England is affected by constitutional change in the light of the development of devolution settlements and the establishment if English votes for English laws (EVEL).  Such as whether an emergent English political identity can be identified and what the implications of that are for the governance of England?

Project outcomes

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