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Scotland 2014 and Beyond – Coming of Age and Loss of Innocence?


Klaus Peter Müller

This book examines Scotland from a great variety of international and disciplinary perspectives, offering viewpoints from ordinary citizens as well as experts in culture, history, literature, sociology, politics, the law, and the media. The texts investigate the mental processes, dispositions, and activities that have been involved in past and present discussions about Scottish independence, freedom, equality, justice, and the creation of a fair society. Such discussions have been shaped by specific values, ideologies, class or personal interests and objectives as well as by specific ways of telling their stories. These are analysed together with the European, global, and democratic dimensions of Scotland, in order to find answers to the question how coming of age might be achieved today.
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Scotland – New Directions in Welfare?: Gill Scott (Glasgow) & Gerry Mooney (Edinburgh)


The opportunities for significant social policy innovation have been a recurrent theme in discussions about the impact of devolution in the UK since 1999. For some in Scotland devolution has provided an opportunity to enhance and expand the UK welfare state in a localised context, for others that very ‘locality’ prevented a more root and branch reform of welfare. The result has been that the Independence debate has increasingly focused on the kind of welfare state that could develop in the country. It has given scope for the development of new thinking, but the scope has not been fully used.

The Scottish Parliament is very much a social policy making parliament. Most of the powers devolved to it relate to matters of social policy. Education, health, social care, employment training, economic development are all devolved areas of policy and involve some of the Parliament’s most symbolic policy outcomes. The UK government retains control over the reserved areas of taxation, social security, benefits, and employment policy. The powers of the Scottish government have allowed a number of significant and symbolic policies to develop in the nation. These include free and universal personal care for the elderly, free prescription charges, abolition of student fees, free public transport for the elderly. Universal public services are more favoured than in the rest of the UK, and it does seem that Scottish devolution offers the opportunity and potential for policy innovation in a more social democratic direction (Keating 2010; McEwen 2006; Mooney &...

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