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Renegotiating social citizenship in the age of devolution

Simpson, Mark (2017) Renegotiating social citizenship in the age of devolution. Journal of Law and Society, 44 (4). pp. 646-673. [Journal article]

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URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.proxy1.athensams.net/doi/10.1111/jols.12061/full

DOI: 10.1111/jols.12061


The period 2012 to 2016 saw important developments in the role of the United Kingdom's devolved legislatures in shaping the social rights of citizenship. Near-uniformity in social security is being eroded, with competences devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland proceeding with limited divergence from Great Britain. This turn to regionalism is linked with dissatisfaction with British government approaches. This article examines developments from a social citizenship perspective. Welfare state regionalism is a challenge to Marshall's perceived unitary view of citizenship. Yet, it is argued, moves towards divergence are driven by regional differences of perspective on citizens' social rights and reciprocal obligations in a way that emphasizes the continued relevance of Marshallian theory. The democratization of political rights gave birth to social rights in the early twentieth century; today, the regionalization of democratic citizenship enables alternative visions for social citizenship to be articulated and begin to shape welfare services at devolved level.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Social citizenship; devolution; welfare state; social security; social rights
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Transitional Justice Institute
ID Code:39100
Deposited By: Dr Mark Simpson
Deposited On:20 Dec 2017 14:31
Last Modified:01 Feb 2018 12:13

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