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The impact of devolution on social policy$
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Derek Birrell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422255

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422255.001.0001

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Innovations, flagship policies and distinctiveness

Innovations, flagship policies and distinctiveness

(p.34) (p.35) Three Innovations, flagship policies and distinctiveness
The impact of devolution on social policy

Derek Birrell

Policy Press

This chapter begins by discussing four different policy characteristics of the term ‘flagship’. The first of these four policy characteristics is innovative, as policies that had not previously existed in the UK. Second is distinctive as universal provision or in not having been universally provided in recent times in the UK. The third characteristic is its uniqueness to Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland. The fourth is self-identified as flagship policies by the devolved governments. This chapter also considers examples of social policies in each of the four categories, describes their characteristics, and then outlines their formulation and operation. It argues that the identification of flagship social policy is not a precise exercise and some policies for which the status has been claimed may fall rather short and more in a category of significant divergence.

Keywords:   innovations, flagship policies, UK, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, social policies, devolved governments

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