The European influence on social policy in Scotland: changing terminology or changing practice?

Juleff, Linda, Kelly, Lesley Ann, Adams, John and McQuaid, Ronald W (2005) The European influence on social policy in Scotland: changing terminology or changing practice? In: 45th Congress of the European Regional Science Association, 2005, Amsterdam.

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Until the late 1980’s social policy in Scotland was clearly targeted towards poverty as the primary source of economic disadvantage. Within this framework, geographical areas were identified which exhibited low income and high unemployment levels, and both social and regional policies were used in order to encourage economic growth in these areas. During the last fifteen years, however, Scottish social policy has changed in order to reflect the European tradition of looking beyond these two criteria. The term “poverty” has been replaced by “social exclusion” which in turn has been replaced by “social inclusion” and, more recently, “social justice”.
The purpose of this paper is to identify the extent to which the European social policy agenda has been embraced by social policy practitioners within Scotland. The paper presents the results from a survey of key players operating within the Scottish social policy framework, and examines the extent to which they have changed their practice in the light of the Europeanisation of social policy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social policy; Scotland; influence; terminology; practice; poverty; economic disadvantage; regional economic growth; social exclusion; inclusion; social justice; Europeanisation;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 361 Social problems & social welfare in general
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 2776
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2009 10:51
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 13:37

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