Fiscal devolution and the accountability gap: budget scrutiny following tax devolution to Scotland

McIntyre, S., Mitchell, J. and Roy, G. (2022) Fiscal devolution and the accountability gap: budget scrutiny following tax devolution to Scotland. Regional Studies, (doi: 10.1080/00343404.2022.2112166) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Financing regional government involves trade-offs between own-source taxes and grants. Improved accountability has been an argument behind calls for greater tax devolution, but this argument relies upon effective scrutiny mechanisms existing or being developed. This paper explores such issues through the lens of recent tax devolution to Scotland. Drawing on insights from senior stakeholders, we assess how scrutiny has changed in the aftermath of new powers. We conclude that, despite some improvements, progress has been limited. We develop an analytical framework to understand why, drawing out lessons for improving accountability with fiscal decentralization.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Roy, Professor Graeme
Authors: McIntyre, S., Mitchell, J., and Roy, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Regional Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0034-3404
ISSN (Online):1360-0591
Published Online:20 September 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Regional Studies 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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