The election of Ronald Reagan marked the beginning of the devolutionary era in the United States.
Reagan launched his 1980 presidential campaign with a promise to return power and responsibility to state and local governments.
the Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections and Periods of Suspension) Act 2003, which postponed the date of the poll for the election of the next Northern Ireland Assembly and provided a mechanism for setting the date of the next poll;?
The centralization of states across the globe increased in the postcolonial era, and, with the proliferation of nation-states, regulation and complexity also grew at an exponential rate.
Some have viewed devolution as a natural occurrence in the evolution of governments and believe that as the state dissipates, subnational governments will be the choice for popular governance because of their enhanced responsiveness.
The twenty-first century has witnessed an increase in threats to nation-states from a broad array of networks of organizations.
Also, the global economic recession beginning in 2008 saw many subnational governments requesting federal assistance and a synchronized international effort to combat its effects.
The future of devolution will be determined by multiple forces of complexity and interdependence, though the controlling factor will likely be security issues for nation-states and the potential for global conflict.