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'Governance transitions' and minority nationalist parties' pressure for welfare state change: evidence from Welsh and Scottish elections - and the UK's 'Brexit' referendum

Chaney, Paul 2017. 'Governance transitions' and minority nationalist parties' pressure for welfare state change: evidence from Welsh and Scottish elections - and the UK's 'Brexit' referendum. Global Social Policy 17 (3) , pp. 279-306. 10.1177/1468018116686922

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Abstract

This study is concerned with welfare state development and the intersection between the twin global phenomena of sub-state nationalism and ‘governance transitions’. Specifically, how minority nationalist parties’ (MNPs) use discourse to exert pressure for welfare change. Accordingly, here we explore their discourse in Scottish and Welsh elections, and the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum on European Union membership. The findings reveal how pressure for welfare change is framed using key tropes including nation-building, extending social protection, and resistance to central government programmes. The wider significance to understanding global social policy lies in: 1. revealing the discursive processes associated with multi-level welfare state dynamics; 2. demonstrating how MNPs and governance transitions combine to pressure for welfare state change; and 3. showing how the resultant territorialisation of policy discourse advances ‘sub-state’ models of social citizenship.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Welfare Pressures, Governance, Minority Nationalist Parties, Discourse
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1468-0181
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 December 2016
Date of Acceptance: 30 November 2016
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 20:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/97104

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