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'A land of milk and honey'?: Social policy in Scotland after devolution

Mooney, Gerry and Poole, Lynne (2004). 'A land of milk and honey'?: Social policy in Scotland after devolution. Critical Social Policy, 24(4) pp. 458–483.

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This paper questions the extent to which a distinctively Scottish social welfare policy has emerged post-Devolution. Exploring the myths that continue to pervade the discussion and analysis of Scottish society today, it is argued that the scope for policy departure is limited in a number of different ways. While acknowledging that there are important institutional and implementation differences that can and do affect the delivery of welfare in Scotland and England, nonetheless the paper argues that there is a need to acknowledge the similarities between New Labour policy in London and in Edinburgh, to go beyond narrow institutional-centred approaches and to explore both the social relations that underpin and shape the delivery of social policy and the mounting contradictions that are at the heart of the New Labour project.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2004 Critical Social Policy Ltd
ISSN: 0261-0183
Keywords: Scottish devolution; divergence; convergence; divisions of welfare
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 3488
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 09:49
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