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Devolution and social citizenship in the UK$
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Scott L. Greer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420367

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420367.001.0001

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Introduction: devolution and citizenship rights

Introduction: devolution and citizenship rights

(p.1) One Introduction: devolution and citizenship rights
Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Scott L. Greer

Margitta Mätzke

Policy Press

Tabloid headlines are ephemeral. Patches of prose in government documents with no policy attached have scarcely less shelf life. But they are signs: signs that politicians, tabloid journalists, and others sense something is happening. What is happening is the evolution of citizenship rights in the UK, brought on by devolution. This chapter introduces the book, arguing that territorial politics – the politics and institutions of devolution, in the case of the UK – influence the citizenship rights of people in the UK. Citizenship rights are rights to various social benefits, such as healthcare and housing, which are distributed equally in an otherwise unequal society. The chapter also discusses the basic concept of citizenship rights, drawing on the famous conceptualisation first put forward by T.H. Marshall.

Keywords:   citizenship studies, UK, territorial politics, healthcare, unequal society, T.H. Marshall, citizenship rights

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