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Framing Asymmetry: Devolution and the United Kingdom’s Four Children’s Commissioners

Osian Rees, Jane Williams Orcid Logo

The International Journal of Children's Rights, Volume: 24, Issue: 2, Pages: 408 - 433

Swansea University Author: Jane Williams Orcid Logo

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The United Kingdom’s four children’s commissioners, established under separate legislation for Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, are amongst the best known of the public institutions created since the beginning of devolved government in 1999. Like many such offices around the world, the...

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Published in: The International Journal of Children's Rights
ISSN: 0927-5568 1571-8182
Published: 2016
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