Devolution helps to sensibly reorganize large and unwieldy post-colonial states. [..] As state boundaries better conform to ethnic and linguistic boundaries, provincial units can focus more on their internal growth, rather than on having to defend themselves against the center.
Another accelerant of devolution is ubiquitous data. Call it the triumph of transparency: Whether through free media, leaks, hacks, democracy, or legal pressure, people increasingly know how their countries are run—and crucially how their money is spent.
Even global warming can drive devolution: As Greenland’s ice sheet melts, its 60,000 Inuit have greater access to abundant and valuable reserves of resources such as uranium and natural gas.
Shrill warnings against devolution ignore the evidence that it is also a logical consequence of connectivity.