Devolution, Social Policy and Education: Some Observations from Northern Ireland

Caitlin Donnelly, R.D. Osborne

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    Many commentaries on social policy in the UK assume that policy as developed in England applies to the constituent countries of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, the advent of political devolution in the last five years is slowly being reflected in the literature. This paper takes education policy in Northern Ireland and discusses recent policy developments in the light of the 1998 Belfast Agreement. The Agreement, it is suggested, is providing a framework which promotes equality, human rights and inclusion in policy making. Some early indications of this are discussed and some of the resultant policy dilemmas are assessed. The paper concludes that accounts of policy development
    in the UK, which ignore the multi-level policy-making contexts created by devolution, do
    a disservice to the subject.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-156
    Number of pages10
    JournalSocial Policy and Society
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


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