Members of the CCC team Nicola McEwen, Mike Kenny, Jack Sheldon and Coree Brown Swan were awarded the 2021 Bernard Crick Prize for Best Article published in Political Quarterly. The article speaks to the challenges of intergovernmental relations in the United Kingdom, challenges which are perhaps exacerbated by the current pandemic and the necessity of a coordinated response between the devolved and central governments.
Interviewed about the Prize, Mike Kenny speaks to the “ramshackle structures” of the UK system of IGR, particularly when compared with systems elsewhere:
After devolution was introduced in Britain, and a distinctive form of multilevel governance emerged, the raft of British democracy had new parts grafted onto its existing, rather ramshackle structures. And when you add to your existing system, a different kind of territorial statecraft may be required and new institutional features created – in this case, processes to ensure intergovernmental co-ordination. In this sense too, I’d like to think that our article speaks to these deep questions about democratic governance and the challenges of an evolving multi-national union which were central to his work.
The article made several recommendations for reforming the UK’s structures, including more regular and more formal mechanisms for meetings of the Joint Ministerial Committee and a system for independent interpretation.
Their article, titled Intergovernmental Relations in the UK: Time for a Radical Overhaul?, was published in Political Quarterly last year.