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Governance and social policy in Northern Ireland (1999–2004): the devolution years and postscript

McLaughlin Eithne

in Social Policy Review 17

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346704
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303442 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.003.0007
Governance and social policy in Northern Ireland (1999–2004): the devolution years and postscript

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This chapter provides a review of the devolution in the UK that began in Social Policy Review 16, with an examination of the brief period of devolution in Northern Ireland, sometime between 1999 and 2004. The discussion is placed in the context of a longer history of devolved government under Ulster Unionist control since the partition of Ireland in 1922. The author is able to identify several distinctive features of Northern Ireland's welfare system that involve a ‘small government’.

Keywords: devolution; Northern Ireland; devolved government; Ulster Unionist control; welfare system; small government

Chapter.  6852 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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