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‘Scottish solutions to Scottish problems’? Social welfare in Scotland since devolution

John Stewart

in Social Policy Review 16

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9781847424716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303435 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424716.003.0006
‘Scottish solutions to Scottish problems’? Social welfare in Scotland since devolution

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This chapter views Scottish devolution in its historical context. It pays attention to the policy record in the areas of education and health, which are the two main areas of devolved social welfare powers. It points out that Scotland historically had a degree of autonomy in specific welfare fields, and it was primarily these fields that were handed over to the Parliament of Edinburgh. The chapter also studies the wider field of ‘policy divergence’ and introduces the concept of ‘social democratic communitarianism’.

Keywords: Scottish devolution; policy record; social welfare; education; health; policy divergence; communitarianism

Chapter.  7894 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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