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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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
|Deposited By:||Dr Ann Gray|
|Deposited On:||25 Jan 2012 17:47|
|Last Modified:||25 Jan 2012 17:47|
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