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Devolution and social citizenship: a future for a unified welfare state? Poster presentation

Interpretations of citizenship typically consider a link between state and citizen, membership of a community and a social status entailing rights to avail of services. Legislative devolution calls into question whether the citizen’s bond is closest with the state or the region, the level at which services should be organised and the boundaries of the community to which the citizen belongs. While some services falling within the rights associated with social citizenship are devolved matters in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, control of social security is devolved only in Northern Ireland; even here, the convention of parity, financially underwritten by the UK exchequer, means that in practice almost every aspect of the system for Great Britain is replicated. This paper will examine the future prospects of a single UK social citizenship in a context of emerging political citizenships at regional level.
Period25 Mar 2013
Event typeConference
LocationNottingham, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • citizenship
  • social citizenship
  • welfare state
  • devolution
  • social security