Transference from one person to another; a passing or devolving upon a successor.
a transfer or allocation of authority to lower or local levels of administration or particular interests. The state retains the same responsibilities but entrusts them to local levels of national administration.
A shift in the locus of responsibility, decisionmaking, or control from a higher level of government to a lower level of government (e.g., the federal government to state or local levels of government).
is often used to refer to any transfer from central government to any non-central-government body —including local elected governments, NGOs, customary authorities, private bodies, etc.
Surrendering of powers to local authorities by a central government.
A broad and, in principle, irreversible transfer of central powers, functions, and fiscal sources to elected governments at regional and/or local levels. (This often requires a constitutional reform, and is sometimes a response to insurgency or civil war.) Devolution can be symmetric or asymmetric, i.e., devolving special powers either to select regions or to all regions.
The delegation of powers to other parliamentary bodies within the UK, specifically, the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies.
the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
The Reagan administration shifted responsibility for financing and administering many social programs to the state governments. Although the professed goal was to put government closer to the people, it raised an equity problem in those states that lacked the economic base for providing these services.
A system of government in which the sovereign central government devolves (delegates) power to regional governments.
Scotland has recently been given more control over its own affairs. This is an example of devolution, where the power to do things moves closer to the people who are affected. Things that are affected by devolution are known as Devolved matters.
the permanent-legal or constitutional-transfer of decision-making authority from a higher level of government to a lower level
The process of decentralising the governance of Scotland, within the UK, from the central authorities (Westminster and Whitehall) to a Scottish Parliament and Executive. Similar schemes have been implemented for Northern Ireland and for Wales.
Devolution or home rule is the statutory granting of powers from the central government of a state to government at national, regional or local level. It differs from federalism in that the powers devolved may be temporary and ultimately reside in central government, thus the state remains, de jure, unitary.