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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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Devolution, public attitudes and social citizenship

Devolution, public attitudes and social citizenship

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Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Charlie Jeffery

Policy Press

Going beyond the existing territorial politics literature to identify the ways that territorial politics and citizenship rights interact in the UK today, this chapter examines public opinion data. Its ‘citizen-centred perspective’ remedies a curious absence in much citizenship literature – namely, the opinions of citizens. The chapter holds that the post-devolution UK lacks the institutional fabric which might continue to frame social rights as most appropriately pursued at a statewide scale. As the UK operates as a series of disconnected political arenas, with signs also that the English are beginning to frame their collective goals in an English territorial frame, it appears likely that the frame of reference for citizens will become increasingly divergent.

Keywords:   public opinion data, citizenship literature, post-devolution UK, social rights, territorial politics

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