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The primacy of ideology: social policy and the first term of the National Assembly for Wales

Paul Chaney and Mark Drakeford

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/9781847424716.003.0007
The primacy of ideology: social policy and the first term of the National Assembly for Wales

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This chapter emphasises how the Welsh Assembly lacks both tax-varying and primary legislative powers. It is argued that this ‘social policy body’ has the ability for policy innovation and divergence. The chapter shows that certain events in Scotland and Wales during the first terms of the devolved administrations support the claim that as the devolution process evolves, it becomes necessary to speak of the national health services of the UK instead of its NHS. ‘West Lothian’ questions and the ‘Barnett formula’ are discussed in the chapter as well.

Keywords: Welsh Assembly; tax-varying powers; primary legislative powers; social policy; policy innovation; divergence; devolution process; national health services; West Lothian; Barnett formula

Chapter.  8250 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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