Incremental change and low-level differences

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:
Incremental change and low-level differences

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This chapter discusses a substantial policy area where the basic principles of policies have largely remained the same throughout the UK. This includes the voluntary sector, housing, aspects of health and children's services. Also in this category are components of policy areas and examples discussed are direct payments, anti-poverty, child poverty and social inclusion strategies, early years and child care strategies, children's services, overall health strategies, the regulation of social care and housing policies and strategies. This incremental change and low-level differences in the basic principles of policies in the UK indicates that there may be less difference than some of the rhetoric labels surrounding policy and strategic initiatives indicate. This chapter argues that the main reasons for incremental differences depend on the degrees of innovative thinking, variation in needs, different priorities and administrative structures.

Keywords: UK; voluntary sector; housing policies; health; child care; innovative thinking; administrative structures

Chapter.  11535 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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