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Un-joined-up government: intergovernmental relations and citizenship rights<sup>1</sup>

Alan Trench

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/9781847420367.003.0007
Un-joined-up government: intergovernmental relations and citizenship rights1

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This chapter on intergovernmental relations makes the case that an area often thought of as a lawyers' hobby rather than a major political variable is indeed key to the development of social citizenship on the practical and the rhetorical levels. Practically, governments cannot develop distinctive social citizenship if it requires policies they cannot make. Theoretically, debates about social policy channel and change social citizenship thinking and models of social citizenship. Governments themselves are major participants in the debates through which understandings of citizenship evolve, and the forums they meet in, the kinds of issues they debate, and the extent to which they shape each other's policies matter. The influence is reciprocal; citizenship, or concepts of fairness, provide much of the fuel for the fires that are increasingly whipped up around financial formulae or representation.

Keywords: social citizenship; social policy; citizenship rights; intergovernmental relations

Chapter.  8312 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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