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

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Chaney, Paul (2017)

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