Scottish Devolution and Social Policy: Evidence from the First Decade

Murray Leith (Editor), Iain McPhee (Editor), Tim Laxton (Editor)

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    Through the analysis of specific policy areas in Scotland and a consideration of key social issues, this work examines devolved policy in a number of specific areas, and the changes wrought by the first decade and more of devolution in those areas. Each chapter considers specific aspects of social policy in Scotland, and the final chapter addresses whether the founding principles of Scottish devolution have transferred from principles to policy. The various ideas and themes all relate to the core ideas that underpinned devolution and the creation of the Scottish Parliament. While policy areas are directly addressed within most chapters, others consider class, equality, and the removal of the democratic deficit. This work judges whether these larger issues, as well as individual areas of social policy, have been better addressed within contemporary Scottish society since devolution took place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
    Number of pages215
    ISBN (Print)9781443837903
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012


    • devolution; social policy
    • politics and public policy
    • drug policy


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