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How uniform are uniform services? Towards a geography of citizenship

Martin Powell

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/9781847420367.003.0009
How uniform are uniform services? Towards a geography of citizenship

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This chapter focuses on the meaning of rights when they must be processed through bureaucratic realities. Large social welfare organisations have all the foibles of professions, bureaucracies, and the public sector. This means that they often do deliver the ‘wrong things’. Neither data nor a good think about public policy suggests that variation can be avoided. The discussion focuses on the extent to which divergence did not start with devolution. There always was divergence between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. And there was always local area divergence within each of them. Devolution might put a clear stamp of democratic political legitimacy on divergence, and strengthen forms of party competition that reward divergence, but it did not create it on the local or the national level.

Keywords: bureaucracy; devolution; social welfare organisations; divergence; democratic political legitimacy

Chapter.  5436 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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