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Introduction: devolution and citizenship rights

Scott L. Greer and Margitta Mätzke

in Devolution and social citizenship in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420367
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420367.003.0001
Introduction: devolution and citizenship rights

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Tabloid headlines are ephemeral. Patches of prose in government documents with no policy attached have scarcely less shelf life. But they are signs: signs that politicians, tabloid journalists, and others sense something is happening. What is happening is the evolution of citizenship rights in the UK, brought on by devolution. This chapter introduces the book, arguing that territorial politics – the politics and institutions of devolution, in the case of the UK – influence the citizenship rights of people in the UK. Citizenship rights are rights to various social benefits, such as healthcare and housing, which are distributed equally in an otherwise unequal society. The chapter also discusses the basic concept of citizenship rights, drawing on the famous conceptualisation first put forward by T.H. Marshall.

Keywords: citizenship studies; UK; territorial politics; healthcare; unequal society; T.H. Marshall; citizenship rights

Chapter.  7788 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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