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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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Social citizenship, devolution and policy divergence

Social citizenship, devolution and policy divergence

(p.97) Six Social citizenship, devolution and policy divergence
Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Michael Keating

Policy Press

This chapter reviews the development of policy in England, Scotland, and Wales since devolution. It identifies patterns of change in the public services and a ‘populist turn’ in areas where there were no strong pre-existing policy communities with their own ideas. While the devolved bodies are functionally restricted, the implications of the new politics are wider, creating new expectations across the political spectrum. The chapter concludes that while true Scottish or Welsh social citizenship may or may not evolve, ‘the old British model’, captured by Marshall at the moment of its completion, is becoming a thing of the past. This approach also, implicitly, de-emphasises the mechanics of policy making; policy divergence might change social citizenship. It also highlights the role of finance and ‘interstitial’ policies where different governments meet.

Keywords:   England, Scotland, Wales, public services, social citizenship, policy making

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