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Coalition Government in Northern Ireland: Social Policy and the Lowest Common Denominator Thesis

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Gray, Ann Marie and Birrell, Derek (2012) Coalition Government in Northern Ireland: Social Policy and the Lowest Common Denominator Thesis. Social Policy and Society, 11 (1). pp. 15-25. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1017/S1474746411000376

Abstract

In analysing governance and social policy in Northern Ireland in the period of devolution 1999–2002 Eithne McLaughlin described and predicted the dominance of a lowest common denominator approach to the formulation of social policies. This paper examines the period of restored devolution 2007–11 using this thesis. It identifies the trends in the development of social policies after 2007 and examines social policy-making by the government under five categories. Having established the reasons for this complex approach to social policy formulation, consideration is also given to the outcomes of the policy process.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Devolution; policy-making; coalition governance; Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences
Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:20867
Deposited By:Dr Ann Gray
Deposited On:25 Jan 2012 17:47
Last Modified:25 Jan 2012 17:47

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