How to Calm Secessionist Fever
"Devo max" is the dystopian-sounding term the British government is now using to describe the nation's tax-and-spending future in the wake of Scotland's failed-but-still-seismic referendum on independence. It refers to the devolutionof government that is supposed to occur throughout the realm along the lines of what was promised to Scotland during the heat of the campaign. The British government -- one of the most centralized in the world, delivering 48 percent of public investment in the country, almost twice the global average -- has pledged to transfer some control over taxes and spending to the regional governments of not just Scotland but also England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It's a model that other nations -- particularly Spain -- might successfully adopt to satisfy secessionist-minded regions.
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