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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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Divergence in social policy

Divergence in social policy

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The impact of devolution on social policy

Derek Birrell

Policy Press

This chapter defines policy divergence as a category of policies and strategies where significant differences can be identified between Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England as a consequence of decisions by devolved administrations. It notes that these policies lack major innovations or totally distinct policies, but diverge in significant ways. Health structures and governance is one main example that fall in this category. Other examples of these divergent policies are education and social care. It explains that health and education are the two areas of highest expenditure in all three devolved administrations.

Keywords:   social policy, health, education, social care, expenditure, devolved administrations

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