Devolution, public attitudes and social citizenship

Charlie Jeffery

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:
Devolution, public attitudes and social citizenship

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Going beyond the existing territorial politics literature to identify the ways that territorial politics and citizenship rights interact in the UK today, this chapter examines public opinion data. Its ‘citizen-centred perspective’ remedies a curious absence in much citizenship literature – namely, the opinions of citizens. The chapter holds that the post-devolution UK lacks the institutional fabric which might continue to frame social rights as most appropriately pursued at a statewide scale. As the UK operates as a series of disconnected political arenas, with signs also that the English are beginning to frame their collective goals in an English territorial frame, it appears likely that the frame of reference for citizens will become increasingly divergent.

Keywords: public opinion data; citizenship literature; post-devolution UK; social rights; territorial politics

Chapter.  8380 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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