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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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How uniform are uniform services? Towards a geography of citizenship

How uniform are uniform services? Towards a geography of citizenship

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(p.161) Nine How uniform are uniform services? Towards a geography of citizenship
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Devolution and social citizenship in the UK
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Martin Powell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420367.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the meaning of rights when they must be processed through bureaucratic realities. Large social welfare organisations have all the foibles of professions, bureaucracies, and the public sector. This means that they often do deliver the ‘wrong things’. Neither data nor a good think about public policy suggests that variation can be avoided. The discussion focuses on the extent to which divergence did not start with devolution. There always was divergence between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. And there was always local area divergence within each of them. Devolution might put a clear stamp of democratic political legitimacy on divergence, and strengthen forms of party competition that reward divergence, but it did not create it on the local or the national level.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, devolution, social welfare organisations, divergence, democratic political legitimacy

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