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The Greater London Authority: Devolution or Administrative Decentralization?

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The United Kingdon between 1800 and 1999 was a unitary state with the exception of a post 1921 Parliament in Northern Ireland.
The United Kingdom Parliament enacted the Scotland Act 1898 and the Gvoernment of Wales Act 1998 devolving powers upon a Scottish Parliament and a Welsh Assembly.
Parliament enacted the Greater London Authority Act 1999 creating the Greater London Authority composed of a popularly elected Mayor and Assembly.
The functions of the Mayor and Assembly are examined and conclusions are drawn that the Act is not an example of devolution of legislative powers, the Assembly is nearly powerless, limited executive and administrative powers have been devolved to the Mayor, the devolution is based upon a theory of contingent impotence as the Westminister Government may intervene in the authority's affairs at any time, and a mayor skillful in interpersonal poltical relations may become a very influential leader in common with a number of weak mayors in United States Cities.

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Zimmerman, Joseph. "The Greater London Authority: Devolution or Administrative Decentralization?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p62169_index.html>

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Zimmerman, J. , 2003-08-27 "The Greater London Authority: Devolution or Administrative Decentralization?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p62169_index.html

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Abstract: The United Kingdon between 1800 and 1999 was a unitary state with the exception of a post 1921 Parliament in Northern Ireland.
The United Kingdom Parliament enacted the Scotland Act 1898 and the Gvoernment of Wales Act 1998 devolving powers upon a Scottish Parliament and a Welsh Assembly.
Parliament enacted the Greater London Authority Act 1999 creating the Greater London Authority composed of a popularly elected Mayor and Assembly.
The functions of the Mayor and Assembly are examined and conclusions are drawn that the Act is not an example of devolution of legislative powers, the Assembly is nearly powerless, limited executive and administrative powers have been devolved to the Mayor, the devolution is based upon a theory of contingent impotence as the Westminister Government may intervene in the authority's affairs at any time, and a mayor skillful in interpersonal poltical relations may become a very influential leader in common with a number of weak mayors in United States Cities.

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THE GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY: DEVOLUTION OR ADMINISTRATIVE DECENTRALIZATION? Joseph F. Zimmerman Professor of Political Science University at Albany 135 Western Avenue Albany New York 12222 Telephone: (518) 442-5378 Facsimile: (518) 442-5398 Presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Political Science Association Philadelphia Pennsylvania August 28 2003. © The American Political Science Association 2003. Constitutional reform including asymmetrical devolution of certain Westminister Government powers to Scotland and Wales was enshrined in the Labour Party’s 1997 general election manifesto (platform).
severe national restraints. A GLA Mayor skillful in interpersonal political relations may become a very influential political leader in common with a number of “weak” mayors in United States cities such as Minneapolis who developed important informal powers allowing them to play the major policy leadership role. It is reasonable to conclude the media overemphasized the public-private partnership dispute between the Mayor and the Government and failed to note adequately the Blair Government in general supports the Mayor’s policing


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