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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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Underpinning values and principles

Underpinning values and principles

(p.142) (p.143) Eight Underpinning values and principles
The impact of devolution on social policy

Derek Birrell

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the key issue of clarifying and comparing the approaches of the devolved administrations to social policy development through an analysis of underlying values and principles. These principles include social and political values, principles for service delivery, nation-building values and principles of social policy. The ‘populist’ position is being identified as governments giving way to popular demands or winning popular support at the expense of more strategic, long-term considerations, pressing financial or their normal ideological positions. The chapter notes that devolution may make government more susceptible to populist responses by moving decision making closer to local people, the local media and local pressure groups.

Keywords:   social values, political values, populist position, government, devolution

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