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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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(p.197) Eleven Conclusion
Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Scott L. Greer

Policy Press

This chapter suggests that citizenship is the key term for understanding the relationship of individuals and modern democratic states. It combines belonging, solidarity, rights, and responsibilities into something powerful, normatively freighted, and often very diffuse. Citizenship is a powerful tool to understand the normative and political issues at work in the UK's territorial politics. Devolution shapes citizenship in the UK, but going beyond platitudes demands looking into some areas of policy, such as intergovernmental finance and European Union (EU) policy making, which are not always associated with citizenship theory. The chapter also discusses the myths of centralism and localism, and the structures of devolution politics and social citizenship.

Keywords:   political thought, citizenship rights, UK, territorial politics, intergovernmental finance, devolution politics

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