|aThe impact of devolution on social policy /|cDerek Birrell.
|aBristol, UK :|bPolicy Press,|c2009.
|axiii, 234 p. ;|c25 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 197-222) and index.
|tThe salience of social policy in devolved policy, governance and expenditure --|tInnovations, flagship policies and distinctiveness --|tDivergence in social policy --|tIncremental change and low-level differences --|tConvergence in social policy --|tInterfaces and overlaps --|tUnderpinning values and principles --|tComparison of outcomes by country.
|a"With new devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, this book makes a comprehensive assessment of the impact of devolution on social policy. It provides a study of developments in the major areas of social policy and a full comparison between Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. To what extent is it valid to speak of agendas for government driven by social policy? With new governments in each country, has a fresh dynamic been given to the emergence of distinct social policies?" "The impact of devolution on social policy uses a framework of analysis based on the nature and scope of social policies, ranging from major innovations and policy distinctiveness, to differences in implementation, policy convergence and areas of overlap with UK policies. This framework facilitates an integrated analysis and comparison of social policy developments and outcomes between the four UK nations. An assessment is also made of the ideas and values which have driven the direction of social policy under devolution." "This book will be of key interest to academics and students in social policy, public policy and politics, and will also be a valuable resource for practitioners involved in policy making."--BOOK JACKET.