'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.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0261018304046672


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.

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