The Impact of Devolution on Social Policy

Derek Birrell

The Impact of Devolution on Social Policy

Derek Birrell

Distributed for Bristol University Press

248 pages
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9781847422255 Published September 2009 For sale in North and South America only
With new devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, this book makes a comprehensive assessment of the impact of devolution on social policy. It provides a study of developments in the major areas of social policy and a full comparison between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. To what extent is it valid to speak of agendas for government driven by social policy? With new governments in each country, has a fresh dynamic been given to the emergence of distinct social policies?"The impact of devolution on social policy" uses a framework of analysis based on the nature and scope of social policies, ranging from major innovations and policy distinctiveness, to differences in implementation, policy convergence and areas of overlap with UK policies. This framework facilitates an integrated analysis and comparison of social policy developments and outcomes between the four UK nations. An assessment is also made of the ideas and values which have driven the direction of social policy under devolution. With devolution becoming increasingly important in the study of social policy, the book will be of key interest to academics and students in social policy, public policy and politics, and will also be a valuable resource for practitioners involved in policy making.

The devolution of social policy powers

The tradition of devolved social policy

Structures of governance for social policy

Divergence in social policies

Convergence in social policy

Ideology and values


Conclusion and future

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