Innovations, flagship policies and distinctiveness

Derek Birrell

in The impact of devolution on social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422255
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303862 | DOI:
Innovations, flagship policies and distinctiveness

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This chapter begins by discussing four different policy characteristics of the term ‘flagship’. The first of these four policy characteristics is innovative, as policies that had not previously existed in the UK. Second is distinctive as universal provision or in not having been universally provided in recent times in the UK. The third characteristic is its uniqueness to Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland. The fourth is self-identified as flagship policies by the devolved governments. This chapter also considers examples of social policies in each of the four categories, describes their characteristics, and then outlines their formulation and operation. It argues that the identification of flagship social policy is not a precise exercise and some policies for which the status has been claimed may fall rather short and more in a category of significant divergence.

Keywords: innovations; flagship policies; UK; Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; social policies; devolved governments

Chapter.  7607 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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