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Inequality and the devolved administrations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Burchardt Tania and Holder Holly

in Towards a more equal society?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422026
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304036 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422026.003.0013
Inequality and the devolved administrations: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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This chapter explores the consequences of devolution for inequality. It discusses whether and why devolution might have been expected to have had an impact on inequality within and between the four UK nations, and then looks at the evidence, focusing on income and educational inequalities. The first section briefly reviews the degree of devolution that Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have each enjoyed since 1997. The second section describes the policies pursued in practice in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland since devolution and explores the extent to which they represent a divergence from the past and/or a divergence from policy as it has evolved in England and the UK. The third section reports changes over the period 1998–99 to the present. The final section offers an assessment of whether devolution has so far produced more effective strategies for reducing inequality and poverty than would have occurred in its absence.

Keywords: devolved administrations; Northern Ireland; income inequality; UK nations; educational inequality; devolution

Chapter.  8527 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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