Scott L. Greer

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:

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This chapter suggests that citizenship is the key term for understanding the relationship of individuals and modern democratic states. It combines belonging, solidarity, rights, and responsibilities into something powerful, normatively freighted, and often very diffuse. Citizenship is a powerful tool to understand the normative and political issues at work in the UK's territorial politics. Devolution shapes citizenship in the UK, but going beyond platitudes demands looking into some areas of policy, such as intergovernmental finance and European Union (EU) policy making, which are not always associated with citizenship theory. The chapter also discusses the myths of centralism and localism, and the structures of devolution politics and social citizenship.

Keywords: political thought; citizenship rights; UK; territorial politics; intergovernmental finance; devolution politics

Chapter.  3217 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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